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Conservative Leaders To McConnell: ‘a CR into December would be an error’

Mitch McConnell
Yesterday the Steering Committee of the Conservative Action Project (CAP) delivered the following letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to modify the Continuing Resolution recently passed by the House of Representatives to extend government funding for a full year.

The letter transmitted to Leader McConnell the “Memo to the Movement,” signed by the leaders of over 100 conservative organizations, opposing the government by spending crisis that always accompanies short term end-of-the-year Continuing Resolutions.

(You can read our article on the effects of this practice through this link.)

As the CAP “Memo to the Movement” stated, this gives Democrats and big-spending Republicans leverage to use the threat of a government shutdown over the holiday as a means to pass budget-busting spending legislation with very little amendment or oversight.

This is the same Swamp playbook we see every year, and each year, it results in massive spending bills put together at the eleventh hour without any transparency, and no opportunity for Members of Congress or the public to read or amend the bill. Worse, Members of Congress are then bullied into passage to avoid getting blamed for a government shutdown.

This is irresponsible governing, and we reject attempts by Congress to follow this approach yet again.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to call or email their Senators (the toll-free Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044 or email through this link). Tell your Senators that you will no longer countenance trillion-dollar deficits and that your vote in the 2020 election depends on their vote against more spending and for fiscal responsibility.

Here is the letter transmitting the “Memo to the Movement” to Leader McConnell. (All organizations listed for IDENTIFICATION purposes only.)

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
United States Senate
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Leader McConnell,

The undersigned conservatives urge you to modify the Continuing Resolution recently passed by the House of Representatives to extend government funding for a full year.

As we outlined in the attached letter, signed by over 100 conservative leaders, a CR into December gives leverage to Democrat demands on key issues, including significant pro-life policies, border spending, and other key areas. This is reflected in the partisan vote in which the CR passed the House, with 219 Democrats voting in favor, joined by only 12 Republicans.

From both a strategic and fiscal perspective, we believe a CR into December would be an error.

For both these reasons and those outlined in the attached letter, we urge the Senate to modify the timeline of the current CR to allow for full deliberation and debate of critical spending issues in 2020.


Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Tom McClusky
March for Life Action

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College

The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth

Scott T. Parkinson
Executive Director
Republican Study Committee (2016-2018)

Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy

Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Executive Director, Conservative Partnership Institute

Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Adam Brandon

William L. Walton
Council for National Policy

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

Ginni Thomas
Liberty Consulting, Inc.

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

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