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Thursday
Feb052015

AFP - The groundhog budget 

Haven't we seen this before? President Obama's "new" budget proposal looks an awful lot like the same big-spending policies we've struggled under for the past six years.

Like a bad version of Groundhog Day, if the President wants to propose serious solutions to our economic slump, he needs to do more than offer the same failed ideas time and again.


Tell President Obama: "No more failed policies!"

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The Obama economy has been defined by massive debt, stagnant wages, the largest wealth-gap in history, and the slowest recovery since the Great Depression. Since 2007, the median household income has dropped 8%, the labor participation rate is the lowest in a generation, and only a quarter of Americans say they are "better off" financially. The truth is, Obama's budget would only make things worse.

Over the next ten years, the Obama budget would increase spending by 65 percent ($2.4 trillion), hike taxes by $2.1 trillion, and grow the debt to  $26.3 trillion. The American people roundly rejected big-government policies last November. We can't afford to be stuck in his Groundhog Day of bad budgeting any longer.

 


Tell President Obama: We Can't Afford Wasteful Government Spending!

Thank you!

Brent Gardner
Vice President of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity

Tuesday
Feb032015

NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Should Stop Playing Politics with National Security 

Time for Ayotte to Heed Calls from Homeland Security Secretaries of Both Parties, Support Clean Bill to Fund DHS Without Partisan Policy Riders
 
Concord, N.H. – While Senator Shaheen has led efforts to put politics aside and avoid a shutdown at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kelly Ayotte is playing politics with national security. Despite calls from Homeland Security secretaries of both parties, Ayotte has not committed to support a clean appropriations bill for DHS without partisan policy riders. 
 
“Instead of just talking about national security on Fox News, it’s time for Kelly Ayotte to stand up and support a clean bill to protect our country and fund the Department of Homeland Security without any partisan policy riders,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs.
 
“Homeland Security secretaries from both parties have warned against the dangers of playing politics with funding for our national security, and it’s time for Kelly Ayotte to listen to the voices of reason in her own party and stop risking a shutdown of the agency responsible for protecting against cyber-attacks and securing our borders,” added Jacobs.
 
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A Bipartisan Group Of Former DHS Secretaries Called For Passage Of A Clean DHS Appropriations Bill To Avoid Risking Funding For Operations That Protect The American People. In a letter from former Department of Homeland Security Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff. Who served under President George W. Bush, and Janet Napolitano, who served on President Obama, wrote: “As former U.S. Secretaries of Homeland Security, we write to you today to respectfully request that you consider decoupling critical legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 from a legislative response to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. As recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the cyber-attacks on a major American corporation and on the U.S. Military’s Central Command remind us, the threats facing the U.S. are very real. The national security role that DHS plays, and by extension the funding that allows it to carry out its vital national security missions, is critical to ensuring that our nation is safe from harm. […] It is imperative that we ensure that DHS is ready, willing, and able to protect the American people. To that end, we urge you not to risk funding for the operations that protect every American and to pass a clean DHS funding bill.” [Letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Reid, 1/29/15]
Tuesday
Feb032015

ALG - Debt grew $1.1 trillion in 2014, not $484 billion 

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Feb. 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest White House budget proposal for FY 2016:

"It is indeed mindless to be lectured on the need to end austerity by a President who has seen the national debt increase by more than $8 trillion since he became President.  It is equally ironic that while the President pointed to a budget deficit that has dropped to under $500 billion from in excess of $1.4 trillion during the early years of his presidency, he fails to recognize that in the same fiscal year, the national debt skyrocketed by just shy of $1.1 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury.  He also fails to acknowledge that if over the past four years Congress had followed his path, the federal government would have continued to increase spending without regard for the long-term damage being done to our nation's fiscal solvency.

"Now, President Obama pushes forward a $4 trillion budget proposal that makes no pretense of ever reaching balance, and is an extension of his stated desire to fundamentally transform America by further expanding the size and scope of the federal government.  While Obama's budget is a meaningless document, and all of the real budget battles will be fought over the appropriations bills, it is truly a shame that the President has waved the white flag in the fight to restore fiscal sanity to the federal government, and in doing so, has ensured that those who depend upon social safety net programs will face a dire future as more and more of the budget is eaten up by unavoidable interest payments on the debt." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/debt-grew-1-1-trillion-in-2014-not-484-billion/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Tuesday
Feb032015

NH US Rep Guinta Statement on President Obama's Budget 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement following President Obama’s budget for FY2016:

 

“The President’s $4 trillion budget is not a serious blueprint to deal with our long range fiscal concerns, and does nothing to rejuvenate our stagnant economy.  Instead of placing trust in you, this budget demands a $2 trillion tax hike bringing more of your hard-earned money into Washington so they can decide how to spend it for you.  You deserve better than a budget that never balances, offers no solutions to address the drivers of our debt and contains no plan for tax reform that would spur our economy.  We need to reverse Washington’s “spend and tax mentality,” balance our budget and promote job creation and higher wages for Granite Staters.”

Thursday
Jan292015

AUFC - Sen. Kelly Ayotte Urged to Stop Putting Politics Before Public Safety, Pass a Clean DHS Funding Bill 

The Republican Congress Is Holding DHS Funding Hostage in Reckless Effort to Undo the President’s Immigration Executive Action that Is Keeping Families Together

 

Washington DC – As a February 27 deadline looms for Congress to reauthorize funding for the Department of Homeland Security - the agency tasked with aviation and border security and many counterterrorism and emergency readiness efforts - Americans United for Change called on Sen. Kelly Ayotte and fellow Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with public safety and pass a clean DHS funding bill. That means no strings attached, unlike in the DHS funding bill House Republicans passed earlier this month that would defund the President’s immigration executive action and resume deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced intentions to take up the legislation soon, but would be wise to remember the poison-pill House legislation has zero chance of becoming law.

 

How We Got Here: As Huffington Post reports, “In December, Congress approved funding through the end of the fiscal year for every department except DHS, which was funded only until the end of February. That decision was made because Republicans hoped to use the DHS bill to block policies advanced by the president that could allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. temporarily and work legally.” 

 

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “The Republican Party that gave us the government shutdown that sucked billions of dollars out of the economy is back with another manufactured crisis at the American people’s expense. This time, Republicans are needlessly holding up critical homeland security resources in protest of the President’s immigration action. Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner know the President, like Reagan before him, acted well within his legal authority in giving an opportunity for undocumented immigrants who pass a background check to keep their families together, get right with the law and pay their fair share in taxes.  But it’s clear the extreme anti-immigrant elements in the Republican caucus are the ones calling the plays and they’re even willing to compromise public safety to go backwards on immigration reform.   It’s why we’re seeing political stunts like this to keep the fringe at bay instead of any effort by Republicans to pass a real comprehensive immigration reform bill.  If they did that, there would be no need for the President’s executive actions. DHS funding is not something to be playing political football with especially in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Canada, but here we are, the Party of Mass Deportation is ready to kick off.  And New Hampshire voters deserve to know: Is Senator Kelly Ayotte going to go along with this troubling and irresponsible political brinkmanship? Will Ayotte vote to put politics, or public safety first? If the latter is her priority, Ayotte can prove it by joining Democratic calls on Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a clean DHS funding bill. If it’s the former, she should be embarrassed and has some explaining to do back home.”