Observe: The Conservative Motion Undertaking has launched the next Open Letter to the 118th Congress. A duplicate of the letter and the listing of these signing the letter was offered to The Metropolis Sentinel, a newspaper in Oklhaoma Metropolis.
March 17, 2023, Washington, DC. — The USA has already reached its statutory debt restrict. We commend the Home Freedom Caucus for its Shrink Washington, Develop America framework that, as situations for contemplating supporting a debt-ceiling improve, requires vital cuts to present spending, long-term caps on future spending, and main coverage modifications and reforms to the wasteful, woke, and weaponized federal forms.
As you discover whether or not or to not improve the debt ceiling, we urge you to stick to the next rules.
Negotiate. President Biden has asserted that he won’t negotiate on the debt ceiling—that it should merely be elevated an infinite quantity with out anything in return. That is unconscionable, given the quantity of debt we’re already saddling onto future generations of Individuals and the exorbitant and dangerous degree of curiosity funds with which present taxpayers are already burdened. Simply as a financial institution wouldn’t repeatedly increase somebody’s bank card restrict with out situations, so too should Congress not frequently increase the debt ceiling with out commensurate spending reductions and reforms.
Mounted Greenback Quantity. Some have instructed that the debt ceiling must be suspended—i.e., that there must be no debt ceiling for a sure time period. That is additionally outrageous. Simply as a financial institution would by no means get rid of a bank card restrict for a buyer who repeatedly reaches his or her credit score restrict, so too should Congress not be so irresponsible with the nation’s funds. Any negotiated improve within the debt ceiling should be a set greenback quantity.
Now and the Future. Any negotiated improve within the debt ceiling should be accompanied by substantial reductions in federal spending now—within the present fiscal 12 months—AND in every of the next 9 fiscal years, at a minimal. The spending reductions should be actual (versus accounting gimmicks) and really troublesome to cease, as soon as enacted into regulation.
Discretionary and Direct Spending. Any negotiated spending reductions to accompany a debt ceiling improve should come from each discretionary and direct (a.ok.a. “obligatory”) spending accounts.
Protection. Whereas any negotiated discretionary spending reductions ought to come from as many components of the federal price range as potential, any cuts to outdated, harmfully bureaucratic, or “woke” spending within the Protection Division ought to, to the best extent potential, be transferred into nationwide safety accounts aimed toward assembly the realities of the second, akin to repelling the rising risk of China.
Social Welfare Funds. Whereas any negotiated direct spending reductions ought to come from as many so-called “entitlement” applications as potential — from Medicaid for non-poor folks, to welfare with out work, to long-term housing — we encourage you to keep away from any reductions to Americans’ Social Safety advantages and Medicare advantages on this explicit negotiation.
Proportional. Any negotiated improve within the debt ceiling should be proportional to the extent and timing of the accompanying spending reductions. A big improve within the debt ceiling should not be paired with small, meaningless spending reductions or with spending reductions of any dimension that don’t begin in 12 months one or considerably take impact within the first few years.
Freedom. Each greenback of federal spending isn’t the identical as each different. We encourage you to give attention to lowering spending on companies, applications, and authorities that undermine the God-given freedoms and conventional values of the American folks.
Structural Reforms. With or with none accompanying improve within the debt ceiling this 12 months, you might also need to think about structural reforms to how america manages its money owed and laws, akin to laws to make clear that america Treasury will first and at all times pay the principal and curiosity on U.S. debt when the debt restrict is reached, and laws to require congressional approval for proposed laws that may have an financial impression of at the very least $100 million.
Take Your Time. The supposed end-dates to the Treasury’s “extraordinary measures” upon reaching the debt restrict appear to ceaselessly line up with the begins of great congressional recesses. Since this obvious pattern is probably going not a coincidence, Congress ought to take the time it must get this negotiation proper, in accordance with the above rules, and never really feel pressured to fulfill any fabricated deadlines pushed by Wall-Road scare ways.
Persevering with on the federal authorities’s present fiscal trajectory can be merciless to the American folks, together with these not but born. We hope you’ll understand and lean into the grandeur of this second and work to implement fiscal options which can be really significant and lasting, in order that the nation’s public debt doesn’t hold growing and that hitting the debt ceiling doesn’t proceed as an everyday follow of the federal authorities.
Thanks to your consideration, and please tell us how we can assist you on this nice endeavor.
The Honorable Edwin Meese III, Lawyer Common, President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
The Honorable Paul S. Teller, Ph.D., Govt Director, Advancing American Freedom
The Honorable Jim DeMint, Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute, Member, U.S/ Senate (South Carolina, 2005-2013)
David N. Bossie, President, Residents United
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., Chief Home Advisor, President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
David Bozell, President, ForAmerica
Star Parker, President & Founder, Heart for City Renewal and Training (CURE)
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop, White Home Advisor, President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
Lisa B. Nelson, Chief Govt Officer, American Legislative Trade Council
Terry Schilling, President, American Ideas Undertaking
The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli, II, Senior Fellow, Heart for Renewing America
L. Brent Bozell III, Founder and President, Media Analysis Heart
Tom Jones, President, American Accountability Basis
Chad Connelly, Founder and President, Religion Wins
Cleta Mitchell, Esq., Senior Authorized Fellow, Conservative Partnership Institute
The Honorable Bob McEwen, U.S. Home of Representatives, Former Member, Ohio
The Honorable Scott Walker, President, Younger America’s Basis
Darrel W. Johnson, CEO, Attic Corp
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Corstet LLC
Kristen A. Ullman, President, Eagle Discussion board
Lee Beaman, CEO, Beaman Ventures
Nick Kerin, State Director, Pennsylvania. State Freedom Caucus Community
Judson Phillips, Founder, Tea Get together Nation
Blake Bassham, Legislative Director, Georgia, State Freedom Caucus Community
Allen Hebert, Chairman, American-Chinese language Fellowship of Houston
Artwork Ally, President, Timothy Companions, Ltd.
Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman, American Goal Promoting
Melvin Adams, President, Noah Webster Academic Basis
Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs, American Household Affiliation
The Honorable James C. Miller III, Price range Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988
Tim Throckmorton, President, Lifepointe Ministries
Jessie Rubino, State Director, Wyoming, State Freedom Caucus Community
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis, President, 60 Plus Affiliation
Kevin Freeman, Co-Founder, NSIC Institute
Connie Hair, State Director, Louisiana, State Freedom Caucus Community
Gerard Kassar, State Chairman, NYS Conservative Get together
Tim Macy, Chairman, Gun House owners of America
C. Preston Noell III, President, Custom, Household, Property, Inc.
William W. Pascoe, III, Our Man in Washington, Tea Get together Patriots Motion
Richard Hayes, Consultant, State of Texas
Kay R. Daly, President, Coalition for a Truthful Judiciary
Charles J. Cooper, Assistant Lawyer Common, President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988), Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
Rod D. Martin, Founder & CEO, Martin Capital, Inc.
Christina Murphy, Esq., President, The Martin Basis
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell, Chairman, Conservative Motion Undertaking, Chairman, CNP Motion, Inc.
The Honorable Tony Perkins, President, Household Analysis Council
Jenny Beth Martin, Chairman, Tea Get together Patriots Citizen Fund
William L. Walton, The Invoice Walton Present, Resolute Protector Basis
Ed Corrigan, Vice Chairman, Conservative Motion Undertaking and President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell, President, The Management Institute
Marty Dannenfelser, Vice President for Authorities Relations and Coalitions, Heart for City Renewal and Training (CURE)
Bob Carlstrom, President, AMAC Motion
Thomas E. McClusky, Principal, Greenlight Methods, LLC
Myron Ebell, Director, Heart for Power and Surroundings, Aggressive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Mary Vought, Govt Director, Senate Conservatives Fund
Lori Roman, President, ACRU Motion Fund
Alfred S. Regnery, President, Republic Ebook Publishers
Scott T. Parkinson, Vice President for Authorities Affairs, Membership for Progress
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.), Govt Vice President, Household Analysis Council
Andrew Roth, President, State Freedom Caucus Community
Karen England, President, Capitol Useful resource Institute
Brigitte Gabriel, Chairman and CEO, ACT For America
Dr. Virginia Armstrong, Nationwide Chrm., Regulation & Worldview Program, Eagle Discussion board
Mallory Staples, Director, State Freedom Caucus Community
Collin Moseley, State Director, Illinois, State Freedom Caucus Community
Evan Newman, State Director, South Carolina, State Freedom Caucus Community
Lt. Col. Darin L. Gaub (ret.), Co-founder and Nationwide Spokesman, Restore Liberty
Sean Noble, President, American Encore
Craig Shirley, Reagan Biographer, Presidential Historian
Kelly M. Kullberg, Senior Fellow, American Affiliation of Evangelicals (AAE)
David B. Kullberg, Govt Director, Christians for A Sound Economic system (CASE)
Ron Pearson, Govt Director, Conservative Victory Fund
Seton Motley, President, Much less Authorities
Elaine Donnelly, President, Heart for Navy Readiness
Tom DeWeese, President, American Coverage Heart
James L. Martin, Founder/Chairman, 60 Plus Affiliation
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values
Paavo Ensio, Chairman, Common Minerals Group
Susan Carleson Currer, Chairman/CEO, The Carleson Heart for Welfare Reform
Mario Navarro da Costa, Director, Washington Bureau, Custom, Household, Property, Inc.
Robert Ok. Fischer, Assembly Coordinator, Conservatives of Religion
The Honorable Peter J. Thomas, Chairman, The Conservative Caucus
Suanne Edmiston, State Director, Arizona, State Freedom Caucus Community
Joan Holt Lindsey, President, Lindsey Communications
Maria Nate, State Director, Idaho, State Freedom Caucus Community
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President (2013-2019), Nationwide Non secular Broadcasters
Guillermo J. Aragon, Chief Technique Officer, Martin Capital, Inc.
Lourdes Cosio, Marketing campaign for the American Future
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