Though I haven’t seen this reported in the media, I received an alert from Freedomworks that the U.S. House is holding a vote TODAY on raising the Debt Ceiling. I called Rep. Cantor’s office and was told that he doesn’t yet have a statement. We need to do everything we can to show Congress we do NOT support raising the Debt Ceiling (at least not with out SERIOUS an UNAVOIDABLE spending and deficit reductions). Here’s the entire FreedomWorks alert (follow the link to find contact info for your representative):
Tell your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1954 and do not raise the debt ceiling.
When you call now, demand that your Representative supports three key reforms in the debt ceiling debate:
First, any measure to raise the debt ceiling must include real spending cuts. A good start would cut spending by at least $300 billion next year and include a full repeal of ObamaCare. Longer term, Congress must cut and eliminate programs to shrink government by at least 25% within five years, or no more than 18% of GDP.
Second, spending reductions should be guaranteed by budget controls with teeth in the form of a law that would implement automatic, across-the-board cuts if Congress fails to enact a responsible budget. Automatic cuts must cover all programs, including Social Security.
Finally, Congress must send to the states for ratification a real Balanced Budget Amendment that caps federal spending and makes it much harder to increase taxes or debt. Six in 10 likely voters believe a Balanced Budget Amendment is long overdue. Because Congress has proven incapable of getting spending and borrowing under control on its own, it’s time for the Constitution to force them to live within our means by making it much harder to raise taxes or pile more debt on our children.
Without these kinds of serious cuts and reforms — no deal.