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Open Letter to House and Senate Republican Leadership: Preserve the Sequester



November 8, 2013



Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell,


As you know, the recently passed Continuing Appropriations Act provides the

government with funding through January 15, 2014. As Congress considers

appropriations for the remainder of the fiscal year, we urge you to maintain the

spending restraint established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). This

should be the principal goal for fiscal conservatives.


The BCA established limits on discretionary spending through FY 2021

including a cap of $967 billion for FY 2014. While the law is imperfect, the

spending caps are perhaps the biggest policy victory in recent years for

advocates of limited government.


Capping discretionary expenditures will not, by itself, solve all of our nation’s

fiscal problems, but it represents an important step toward spending restraint.

Unfortunately, President Obama has previously suggested that he would veto

appropriations bills that fail to eliminate the sequester. Meanwhile, Senate

Appropriators have completely ignored the post-sequester caps. It is imperative

for fiscal conservatives to uphold the BCA and restrain spending.


If Congress reneges on promises to restrain spending just two years after the

passage of discretionary spending caps, it would send a powerful message to

the American people: Congress cannot control its profligate spending. This

could, in turn, jeopardize other important conservative priorities, as well as the

prospect for economic prosperity. Thus, we believe maintaining post-sequester

BCA caps should be of the utmost importance. We hope you will work to

preserve the law and protect taxpayers from further government expansion.




Brandon Arnold

National Taxpayers Union


Christine Harbin Hanson

Americans for Prosperity


Grover Norquist

Americans for Tax Reform


John Tate

Campaign for Liberty


Andrew F. Quinlan

Center for Freedom and Prosperity


Jonathan Bydlak

Coalition to Reduce Spending


Lawson Bader

Competitive Enterprise Institute


Peter J. Thomas

The Conservative Caucus, Inc.


Mattie Duppler

Cost of Government Center


Tom Schatz

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste


Myron Ebell

Freedom Action


Evan Feinberg

Generation Opportunity


Mario H. Lopez

Hispanic Leadership Fund


Seton Motley

Less Government


Gregory T. Angelo

Log Cabin Republicans


Andrew Moylan

R Street Institute


Steve Ellis

Taxpayers for Common Sense


David Williams


Taxpayers Protection Alliance

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