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Vote Alert

NTU urges Representatives to vote as follows on H. Con. Res. 96, the Budget Resolution.

April 9, 2014

As the House begins consideration of H. Con. Res. 96, the Budget Resolution, NTU urges Representatives to vote as follows:

“YES” on Amendment #6, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) Substitute: The RSC budget balances in four years without raising taxes by restraining many kinds of spending, repealing “Obamacare,” simplifying the Tax Code, and implementing entitlement reform. While it could be improved, especially by reducing Pentagon spending, this budget fast-tracks the real tax relief and economic growth that taxpayers need.

“YES” on H. Con. Res.96: This budget is not without gimmicks or timidity on issues such as Social Security and excessive spending at the Pentagon, but it achieves balance in ten years without adding to the general tax burdens borne by American families and businesses. It repeals the increasingly unsustainable 2010 health care law, and implements many necessary structural tax and entitlement reforms.

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“NO” on Amendment #3, the President’s Budget Substitute: The President’s budget increases total spending by 63 percent and could raise taxes by $1.8 trillion over 10 years on a host of politically convenient targets. It will never achieve balance and ignores the growing entitlement funding crisis.

“NO” on Amendment #2, the Congressional Black Caucus Substitute: The CBC budget expands government through increased spending, cancelling the sequester, and raising taxes on job creators.

“NO” on Amendment #5, the Congressional Progressive Caucus Substitute: Although it cuts unnecessary spending on Overseas Contingency Operations, the so-called “Better Off Budget” is still packed with detrimental policies such as a minimum wage hike and higher taxes on investment, job creators, and energy companies. This fiscally irresponsible plan also expands ineffective government jobs programs.

 “NO” on Amendment #15, the Democratic Caucus Substitute: The Democratic Substitute fails to achieve budget balance. Instead, it increases taxes by $1.5 trillion on productive areas of our economy and continues out-of-control federal expenditures, propelling the deficit to $637 billion in 2024.

Roll call votes on H. Con. Res. 96, the Budget Resolution, and the above substitute amendments will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress.

If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift (703) 683-5700