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Help House Conservatives Fight Ryan, Portman and Boehner on Spending

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Leading House conservatives Mick Mulvaney (SC-5), Steve Scalise (LA-1), and Jim Jordan (OH-4) are rallying conservatives to demand that Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor hold the line on spending.

One of the few conservative victories in the 113th Congress, albeit a small one, was successfully holding the House leadership’s feet to the fire on maintaining the budget reductions in the “sequester.”

Mulvaney, Scalise, and Jordan, have sent Boehner and Cantor a letter demanding that the Republican House leadership support a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at the existing spending levels set as part of the “sequestration” passed in the 2011 deal to raise the debt ceiling.

The conservative pushback comes as the details of a deal to fund the government negotiated between Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray have begun leak.

According to establishment Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, the deal, being worked out behind closed doors we might add, would blunt some of the automatic sequester spending reductions and set funding levels at around $1 trillion for fiscal 2014 and 2015 for government agencies and programs from the military to national parks.

“In an effort to avert another government shutdown, Reps. Scalise and Jordan, and I, along with 30 of our colleagues, sent a letter to House Leadership asking that a clean CR [Continuing Resolution] be brought to the floor exactly as House and Senate Democrats requested in October,” Mulvaney said. “It is important to note that this position is not mutually exclusive of support for a possible compromise being worked out by Representative Ryan and Senator Murray. Indeed, in many ways, a compromise that would materially alter our long term debt situation is preferable to a clean CR."

Maintaining the sequester reductions actually trimmed the budget deficit and held out some real hope that federal spending might be brought under control, although at much higher level that we here at CHQ would like.

“I remain hopeful that Chairmen Ryan and Murray will reach an agreement to rein in wasteful Washington spending, but in the absence of a deal, it’s imperative that we have a backstop in place to avert another government shutdown.  Passing a clean CR at enacted spending levels established by the Budget Control Act provides that backstop,” said Steve Scalise, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. 

“Let’s keep this current, money-saving law in place so that we can focus on a bigger problem facing Americans –repealing Obamacare and its harmful effects,” said Jordan.

As usual, Washington’s insider elite has completely misunderstood, or more likely completely ignored what grassroots Tea Party and conservative activists have been saying during in the lead-up to this year’s federal government “slimdown.”

While Washington insiders were focused on “making a deal” to do away with the one small victory they won on spending, they are ignoring what Americans outside the Beltway really want – an end to the spending, deficit and debt that led to the need to raise the debt ceiling.

Tea Party and conservative movement activists have long-recognized that the real crisis hanging over the American economy, and indeed the future of our American way of life, is not whether the federal debt ceiling is raised in the next few months – it is that we are borrowing forty cents of every dollar we spend. Washington’s political elite know this can’t continue, yet neither the Republican nor the Democratic House and Senate leaders, and certainly not President Obama, have proposed a way to end this slow national suicide.

The deals floating around the smoke filled rooms of Capital Hill are intended to get politicians past the next election; none of them actually solves the real crisis. Capitol Hill Republican establishment leaders are making a major blunder if they think Tea Party and grassroots conservative activists don’t understand the difference between a deal to get them past the next election and a solution to the spending crisis.

It is important that you call your Representative and Senators TODAY (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044). Tell them you want the federal government’s spending, deficit and debt reduced, not increased, and that they should support Mulvaney, Scalise, and Jordan in their demand for a clean CR.

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They're at it again!

The RINO's are caving again. Are they that stupid or don't they care what is happening to our country? The Republicans desperately need new Tea Party conservative Leadership. The current leadership is gutless and will not stand up to progressives. The news media is going to trash them anyway, why not do the right thing.