February 10th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement urging House Republicans to amend and build upon a proposal to cut current spending levels by $35 billion as the organization launched the grassroots petition site, http://keepthepledge.org/, to enable activists and concerned citizens to easily contact their members of Congress:
"A House Republican proposal to cut only $35 billion from current spending levels is very disappointing. The American people were promised $100 billion of initial cuts, and it was widely understood that proposal would be attached to an upcoming vote on the budget continuing resolution.
"House members should keep their pledge and cut $100 billion, as they promised to do when they were running for office. Then they said they would 'roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt.' Unfortunately, now only a third that amount is being proposed.
"In November, the American people sent House Republicans back into the majority on the premise that they would bring order to the nation's fiscal house. They need to keep the pledge and cut at least $100 billion. Representative Jordan has a solid, well conceived proposal that will meet and exceed that goal. The Jordan proposal must be incorporated into the Continuing Resolution.
"To the American people, a promise broken is rarely forgotten. Now, members must choose. Will they pretend they kept their pledge? Or will they amend this legislation to include the full $100 billion of they promised? The choice they make may well determine whether Republicans will sustain and build on their majority, or once again lose touch with the American people and lose the opportunity to bring the nation's fiscal house into order."