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“YES” on H.R. 444, the “Require a PLAN Act.”
February 5, 2013
NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 444, the “Require a PLAN Act.” This legislation stipulates that in the event the FY 2014 budget proposal submitted by the President does not achieve balance in the future, he must submit a supplemental unified budget by April 1, 2013 that does so.
To be clear, our support for this bill in no way absolves Congress of its own failures to control spending or abide by a regular-order budget process. Nor does it obviate the need for constitutional fiscal discipline mechanisms such as a Balanced Budget Amendment or a line-item veto amendment. While the political dimensions of the measure are not lost on us, the Executive Branch does have a role in setting the federal government’s priorities, and H.R. 444 would encourage its active and accountable participation in doing so.
Additionally, NTU urges all Representatives to vote as follows on these amendments to H.R. 444:
Roll call votes on H.R. 444 and the above amendments will be included in NTU’s annual Rating of Congress.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift at (703) 683-5700