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Conservative Leaders to Speaker McCarthy and Minority Leader McConnell: #HoldTheLine on Debt Ceiling

On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, the conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project issued the following open letter to Republican Party congressional leaders, Speaker of the

House Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.


May 24, 2023

Dear Speaker McCarthy and Leader McConnell:

Congratulations fighting back against the economically catastrophic $5 trillion Biden spending and debt spree that imperils our nation’s economic and national security – both now and for decades to come.

The House-passed Limit, Save, Grow Act is not perfect – we would prefer to go back to the 2019 pre-Covid baseline of spending – but it is a good first step forward in restoring America’s financial stability and economic prosperity.

We also believe – as most House Republicans do – that the clear and present danger going forward is NOT that Congress fails to pass a debt ceiling extension before the supposed deadline (as President Biden is claiming), but rather that Congress raises the debt ceiling without critical controls on federal spending and debt.

As you negotiate with the White House and Senate Democrats, we wanted to let you know that we oppose any significant backsliding on the provisions of the House-passed bill. We strongly agree with the views reflected in the Memorandum of May 24, 2023 circulated by Congressman Chip Roy, and urge you to hold firm to each of these critical provisions:

* Reduce FY 2024 discretionary spending to FY 2022 levels and cap future spending at 1% growth to cut the deficit and rein in the federal bureaucracy.

* Repeal the grid-destroying tax credits for unreliable energy in the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” that will benefit rich liberals, corporations, and the CCP.

* Overturn Biden’s unfair, deficit increasing, and tuition increasing student loan bailout – which will cut the deficit by $400 billion this fiscal year.

* Rescind the $80 billion Democrats gave to the IRS to hire 87,000 agents that will target working- and middle-class taxpayers the most.

* Implement the REINS Act to end the abuse of executive power by empowering Congress to approve major regulations that cost Americans billions of dollars.

* Strengthen and establish work requirements for able bodied Americans who are receiving government assistance – just like President Biden supported.

* Reclaim billions in unobligated COVID spending – President Biden himself has signed legislation to end the COVID emergency.

The urgency of these reforms is only reinforced by the latest grim budget news showing that our budget deficit may again reach $2 trillion this year - and the national debt is headed to $50 trillion within 10 years. Recent polling data shows that 60 percent of Americans support spending reductions as a condition for raising the debt ceiling with another 15 percent opposed to raising the debt ceiling altogether. We do not need to negotiate away these urgent reforms. Conservatives and taxpayers across the country are behind you in this patriotic fight to avert a financial disaster and we are willing to help in any way we can. Hold the line.


Sincerely,


The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Stephen Moore

Co-Founder

Committee to Unleash Prosperity


The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

William L. Walton

The Bill Walton Show

Resolute Protector Foundation

The Honorable Jim DeMint

Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute

Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

The Honorable Russ Vought

Director, Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)


The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

The Honorable Mark Meadows

Senior Partner

Conservative Partnership Institute

Ed Corrigan

Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project and President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)


Chad Connelly

Founder and President

Faith Wins

Alfred S. Regnery

President

Republic Book Publishers

Thomas E. McClusky

Principal

Greenlight Strategies, LLC

Bob Carlstrom

President

AMAC Action

Scott T. Parkinson

Vice President for Government Affairs

Club for Growth

David Bozell

President

ForAmerica

Tom Jones

President

American Accountability Foundation

L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

Cleta Mitchell

Senior Legal Fellow

Conservative Partnership Institute

Star Parker

Founder and President

Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)

The Honorable James C. Miller III

Budget Director for President Reagan (1985-1988)

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.

Managing Editor

ConservativeHQ.com

Craig Richardson

President, Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal)

Michelle Easton

President, Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Brigitte Gabriel

Chairman and CEO

ACT For America

Cameron Sholty

Executive Director

Heartland Impact

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

Martin Capital, Inc.

Christina Murphy, Esq.

President

The Martin Foundation

Richard Norman

Founder and President

The Richard Norman Company

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO

TheTruthCentral.com

Joan Holt Lindsey

President

Lindsey Communications

Suanne Edmiston

State Director, Arizona

State Freedom Caucus Network

The Honorable Joe White

Member (District 40)

South Carolina House of Representatives

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

The Honorable Josiah Magnuson

Member (District 38)

South Carolina House of Representatives

The Honorable Alan Morgan

Member (District 18)

South Carolina House of Representatives

G. Eric Georgatos

Executive Producer

America Can We Talk?

Jack Park

Conservative Activist and Donor

Nick Kerin

State Director, Pennsylvania

State Freedom Caucus Network

The Honorable April Cromer

Member (District 6)

South Carolina House of Representatives

Sheryl Kaufman

Corporate Chief Economist, Retired

Phillips Petroleum Company

Richard G. Scurry

VP, Development

14ALL.US

Jordan Mason

State Director, South Dakota

State Freedom Caucus Network

Augusta Petrone

Iowa Co-Chair

Reagan/Bush '84

The Honorable Jed Davis

Member (District 75)

Illinois General Assembly

Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness


Robert K. Fischer

Meeting Coordinator

Conservatives of Faith

The Honorable Joe Hamm

Member (District 84)

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Thomas Pyle

President

American Energy Alliance

The Honorable Rachel Jones

Member (District 17)

Arizona House of Representatives

The Honorable Blaine Wilhour

Member (District 107)

Illinois General Assembly

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

The Honorable Tammy Nichols

Member (District 10)

Idaho State Senate

The Honorable Alan Seabaugh

Member (District 5), Louisiana House of Representatives

Chairman, Louisiana Freedom Caucus

Mallory Staples

State Director, Georgia

State Freedom Caucus Network

The Honorable Steve Hopkins

Member (District 7)

Mississippi House of Representatives

The Honorable Mike Kingsley

Member (District 6)

Idaho House of Representatives

The Honorable Jane Gillette

Member (District 64)

Montana House of Representatives

The Honorable Laurin Hendrix

Member (District 14)

Arizona House of Representatives

The Honorable Justin Heap

Member (District 10)

Arizona House of Representatives

The Honorable Justine Wadsack

Member (District 17)

Arizona State Senate

Edward Regan

Retired Resource Manager

RY Timber, Inc.

The Honorable Joseph Chaplik

Member (District 3)

Arizona House of Representatives

The Honorable Steven Galloway

Member (District 24)

Montana House of Representatives

The Honorable Cory McGarr

Member (District 17)

Arizona House of Representatives

The Honorable Dave Zimmerman

Member (District 99)

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Tim LeFever

Chairman

Capitol Resource Institute

Ron Staley

President

Great Falls Pachyderm Club

The Honorable Kathy L. Rapp

Member (District 65)

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

The Honorable Leslie Rossi

Member (District 59)

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Linda Baxter


The Honorable Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Advancing American Freedom

The Honorable Tony Perkins

President

Family Research Council

Jenny Beth Martin

Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Andy Roth

President

State Freedom Caucus Network

Lori Roman

President

ACRU Action Fund

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

White House Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

The Honorable David McIntosh

President

Club for Growth

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.

President and CEO

First Liberty Institute

Mike Berry

General Counsel and Director of External Affairs, First Liberty Institute

Wesley Denton

Chief Operating Officer

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Ginni Thomas

President

Liberty Consulting

David N. Bossie

President

Citizens United

Marty Dannenfelser

Vice President for Government Relations and Coalitions, Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)

The Honorable Jim Gilmore

68th Governor of Virginia

Walker Wildmon

CEO

AFA Action

Tim Macy

Chairman

Gun Owners of America

Melissa Ortiz

Senior Advisor

Able Americans

James L. Martin

Founder/Chairman

60 Plus Association

Frank Lasee

President

Truth In Energy And Climate

James Taylor

President

The Heartland Institute

Guillermo J. Aragon

Chief Strategy Officer

Martin Capital, Inc.

Lourdes Cosio

Campaign for the American Future


Kristen A. Ullman

President

Eagle Forum

Darrel W. Johnson

CEO and Owner

Attic Corporation

Evan Newman

State Director, South Carolina

State Freedom Caucus Network

Collin Moseley

State Director, Illinois

State Freedom Caucus Network

The Honorable Louis F. Terhar

Ohio State Senator (ret.)

The Honorable Jordan Pace

Member (District 117)

South Carolina House of Representatives

The Honorable Austin Smith

Member (District 29)

Arizona House of Representatives

Maria Nate

State Director, Idaho

State Freedom Caucus Network

Tom DeWeese

President

American Policy Center

Steven Utroska

State Director, Mississippi

State Freedom Caucus Network

The Honorable Jay Kilmartin

Member (District 85)

South Carolina House of Representatives

Mike Stenhouse

CEO

RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity

Ron Armstrong

President

Stand Up Michigan, Inc

The Honorable Anthony T. Kern

Member (District 27)

Arizona State Senate

Mario Navarro da Costa

Director, Washington Bureau

Tradition, Family, Property

Jessie Rubino

State Director, Wyoming

State Freedom Caucus Network

Lee Beaman

CEO

Beaman Ventures

Darin Gaub

Co-Founder and National Spokesman

Restore Liberty

The Honorable Brad Halbrook

Member (District 102)

Illinois General Assembly

The Honorable Chris Miller

Member (District 110), Illinois General Assembly

Chairman, Illinois Freedom Caucus

Kay R. Daly

President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

The Honorable Jake Hoffman

Member (District 18)

Arizona State Senate

The Honorable Jacqueline Parker

Member (District 15)

Arizona House of Representatives

The Honorable Adam Niemerg

Member (District 109)

Illinois General Assembly

The Honorable Brian Lenney

Member (District 13)

Idaho State Senate

The Honorable Joel Bomgar

Member (District 58)

Mississippi House of Representatives

The Honorable Barbara Parker

Member (District 10)

Arizona House of Representatives

Connie Hair

State Director, Louisiana

State Freedom Caucus Network


Richard Manning

President

Americans for Limited Government

Penna Dexter

Co-Host

Point of View Radio

The Honorable Tina L. Mulally

Member (District 35)

South Dakota House of Representatives

The Honorable Jacyn Gallagher

Member (District 9)

Idaho House of Representatives

The Honorable Aaron Aylward

Member (District 6)

South Dakota House of Representatives

The Honorable Rob Harris

Member (District 36)

South Carolina House of Representatives

The Honorable Tina Lambert

Member (District 23)

Idaho House of Representatives

The Honorable Joanne Stehr

Member (District 107)

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

The Honorable Tony Wisniewski

Member (District 3)

Idaho House of Representatives

The Honorable Charlice Byrd

Member (District 20)

Georgia House of Representatives

The Honorable David Friess

Member (District 116)

Illinois General Assembly

The Honorable Heather Scott

Member (District 1)

Idaho House of Representatives

The Honorable Phil Hart

Member (District 2)

Idaho State Senate

Willes K. Lee

Board of Directors

National Rifle Association

The Honorable Dan Eubanks

Member (District 25)

Mississippi House of Representatives

Ken Baxter


John Hurst



  • GOP senators

  • debt ceiling

  • Mitch McConnell

  • federal budget

  • national debt

  • federal spending

  • Mike Lee Letter

  • debt ceiling default

  • spending caps

  • work requirements for welfare

  • Limit, Save, Grow Act

  • Reclaim COVID spending

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