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Vote 'YES' on FY 2014 Budget Resolutions

Letters to Officials

March 20, 2013
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative,
You will vote today on several different budget proposals for fiscal year (FY) 2014.  On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support the House Budget Committee’s FY 2014 budget resolution and the Republican Study Committee’s FY 2014 budget resolution, both of which will put the nation back on the path to prosperity.
Under the leadership of Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the House Budget Committee has proposed to cut spending by $4.6 trillion over 10 years and balance the budget by 2023 without raising taxes.  The committee’s budget resolution would save trillions of dollars by repealing ObamaCare; reducing the annual spending rate to 3.4 percent instead of 5 percent; unleashing American energy production to help lower costs, create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil; reforming welfare programs and devolving power to the states; removing special interest loopholes from the tax code; and lowering individual tax rates to promote economic growth.
Chairman Ryan’s budget also tackles the nation’s growing entitlement liabilities.  The plan reforms Medicare through increased competition and a means-tested premium-support payment system, and provides for more individualized healthcare choices for Medicare recipients.  Additionally, the plan would convert the federal share of Medicaid spending into a block grant, giving states more flexibility to address their healthcare priorities.
The RSC budget enacts many of the same reforms as the House budget plan, but achieves balance in four years instead of ten, mainly through expedited enactment of these changes.  The RSC plan reduces annual spending to $950 billion annually and freezes it at that level for four years; raises the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security to 70 for individuals under the age of 55; and transitions Medicare to a solvent premium support system by 2019, which would not affect individuals 60 and older.
I strongly urge you to support both the House Budget Committee’s FY 2014 budget resolution and the RSC’s FY 2014 budget resolution.  The era of reckless spending and rapidly rising debts must come to an end now.  All votes on the FY 2014 budget resolutions will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2013 Congressional Ratings.

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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