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Vote NO on the Continuing Resolution (CR) to Make Additional Appropriations
December 8, 2010
Based on available information, NTU must urge Representatives to vote “NO” on the continuing resolution (CR) to make additional appropriations through the end of FY 2011.
Normally a CR that simply extends funding at current levels without increasing them is commendable. Unfortunately, in addition to misplaced funding priorities, this legislation authorizes appropriations at amounts (FY 2010) that are already far too high. While there are some worthy provisions, such as the earmark moratorium and salary freeze for federal workers, it is impossible to tout fiscal responsibility and simultaneously support an appropriations bill that carries such an exorbitant price tag.
Furthermore, lame duck appropriations games rarely result in good policy. Americans have continually expressed their displeasure with such deal-making at the polls. If Congress is serious about curbing spending, eliminating record deficits and beginning to pay down the national debt, funding levels should be reduced to FY 2008 levels, thereby saving taxpayers approximately $100 billion. Reworking the CR toward this end is both feasible and desirable.
All roll call votes relating to the FY 2011 CR will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress.
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