Andrew Roth - September 12th, 2012
KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” ON FY13 CONTINUING RESOLUTION (H.J.RES. 117)
The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to oppose the FY13 Continuing Resolution (CR). We expect a vote on this resolution later this week, perhaps as early as Thursday. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.
This CR is bad policy simply because it extends big spending programs, layers on extra spending, and provides only short-term funding for the government so that politicians can leave Washington to avoid politically sensitive events.
Even if it were a clean extension, this CR would still fully fund ObamaCare, along with a long list of other programs that fiscal conservatives oppose. Second, while technically legal, it breaks the already high $1.047 trillion spending cap established by the Budget Control Act because disaster relief included in the resolution is not offset. Third, it quietly affirms President Obama’s desire to gut welfare reform’s work requirements. House leadership, knowing this, will likely provide a “won’t become law” cover vote on this issue in the days ahead, which shows you that “business as usual” is still being conducted in Washington.
We urge lawmakers to oppose the bill and to oppose the process.
Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.
UPDATE: On Sept. 13, 2012, the CR passed the House, 329-91.