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ALG - Sequester breached with more spending, more taxes 


Dec. 17, 2013, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government today issued the following statement blasting a 67 to 33 Senate vote to advance the Ryan-Murray budget deal:

"When anything is deemed better than a government shutdown, everything is on the table. This bad deal that will increase spending in violation of sequester by $63 billion over the next two years, includes more than $32 billion of revenues and fees in the next decade, and will make it easier for the Senate to break spending limits in the future by lowering certain voting thresholds from 60 to 51 votes.

"The only question now is what future extortions the anything-but-a-shutdown caucus on the Republican side will accept. When you have no capacity to say no, you'll agree to anything no matter how awful. This is a lump of coal for taxpayers."

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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


NHDP - Ayotte Sides with Tea Party on Hypocritical Budget Vote

Now, she’s FOR a Government Shutdown and against a long term budget compromise
Does Ayotte Think GOP Pals John McCain And Paul Ryan Are Unfairly Targeting Military For Cuts?

Concord – Kelly Ayotte joined Tea Party extremists in her hypocritical vote against a bipartisan budget compromise that will help avoid another government shut down this morning.

“Does Ayotte think that her pals Paul Ryan and John McCain are unfairly targeting veterans?” asked New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  “This is a desperate and pathetic attempt to distract from the fact that she is standing with radical Congresswoman Michele Bachman and the far rightwing of her party against this bipartisan deal that avoids another unnecessary government shutdown.”

Ayotte’s claims that cuts “disproportionately and unfairly target" the military were quickly refuted by her Republican colleagues.  Senator John McCain and 11 other Senate Republicans voted to move the deal forward this morning, joining a majority of both Democrats and Republicans in the House who voted to pass it last week.  Meanwhile Wisconsin Congressman and 2012 GOP Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan responded directly to Ayotte's claims.  

Ryan defended the deal noting that it “kept the military retiree in a far better position than the civilian” and that “without this deal two things would happen: The military would have borne the full force of these cuts starting in January. And we would have at least one more government shutdown drama.”  [Weekly Standard, 12/15/2013]
McCain, who traveled the country warning of the dangers of cuts to the military with Ayotte last year, said he would back the deal because “it would soften the blow of sequestration’s cuts on the Pentagon and reduce the likelihood of another government shutdown next year.” [Politico, 12/13/2014]
 “Everything Ayotte has ever said about bipartisanship can be tossed out the window,” concluded Buckley.  “It is impossible to square Ayotte’s claims of wanting to work together with her vote against the budget deal.  She is a loyal vote for the Tea Party, when they say jump, her only concern is how high.”

“New Hampshire has one message for Kelly Ayotte: Where’s the beef?” continued Buckley.  “Senator Ayotte has served on the budget committee for three years now, if she doesn’t like this bipartisan compromise, would she prefer to force another shutdown the government?”
Ayotte's opposition to the compromise puts her at odds with a majority of Republicans and Democrats across the country who are supporting the deal which reduces the deficit by more than $20 Billion.  After the government shutdown in October, Ayotte claimed to be willing to “work together even though we come from different parties so that we don't go from crisis to crisis in managing this nation” and that “with this agreement [to end the shutdown] that we are able to come to a longer term - a budget for the nation” – two promises broken by opposing this deal.  []   


ALG's Daily Grind - Will Senate Republicans filibuster the Ryan-Murray budget agreement?


Dec. 16, 2013

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Will Senate Republicans filibuster the Ryan-Murray budget agreement?
Senate Republicans have to decide whether they will allow the Ryan-Murray agreement to move to a vote. Given the controversial provisions in the bill, the requisite for future interparty trust, and Harry Reid's treatment of minority rights over the last several months, the bill's outlook is doubtful.

Obamacare: A death panel for the rule of law 
Obama has shredded the Constitution in favor of the "Easy Button," arbitrarily remaking entire sections of the health care law that deal with its employer mandate, its deductible and co-payment limits, its coverage requirements and — more disturbingly — its power to subsidize health insurance in more than thirty states.

The moral superiority of capitalism
The point is not that capitalists do good things.  The point is that capitalism makes such giving possible.

Strassel: IRS targeting, round two
There is a "growing concern by House Ways and Means Committee investigators that [a new IRS] regulation was reverse-engineered — designed to isolate and shut down the same tea party groups victimized in the first targeting round."


ALG - If Senate Republicans oppose Ryan-Murray budget deal, then they should block it 


Dec. 16, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging Senate Republicans to block the Ryan-Murray budget deal:

"If Senate Republican leaders are sincere in their opposition to the Ryan-Murray budget deal then they would block cloture on it. It will breach sequester spending limits by $63 billion in its first two years, it raises fees and revenues on the American people by more than $32 billion. It destroys a 60-vote point of order for Senators to block further spending increases beyond sequester. It's a bad deal. Taxpayers would be better off with a basic continuing resolution that changed nothing."

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"Budget deal is even worse after you read it," by ALG senior editor Robert Romano, Dec. 12, 2013, at


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


AFPNH - Thank You, Senator Ayotte 

Thursday night the House of Representatives passed the Ryan-Murray budget deal and broke their promises to the American people that they would control runaway spending in Washington. Now it's up to the Senate to stop this bloated legislation from becoming law. The Senate is going to vote soon, and they need to hear from you before they do.

Thank Senator Ayotte for going on the record to oppose this bad deal for New Hampshire taxpayers!

This deal dramatically increases spending and violates Congress's previous agreement to get it under control this year. It would allow the federal government to spend over a trillion dollars in FY14-meaning that it will spend $45 billion more next year. The deal also undoes $65 billion in current spending reductions that were already the law of the land in order to increase federal spending for the next two years.

American taxpayers deserve spending cuts now, not promises to cut spending down the road. That's why AFP strongly opposes this Ryan-Murray deal, and we will key vote against this legislation in both chambers and include the vote in our congressional scorecard. We need your help to contact Senator Shaheen and tell her that you oppose this budget - we can't afford another trillion-dollar backdoor deal in New Hampshire.

Remind Senator Shaheen to stand strong and follow Senator Ayotte's example to keep her promise on spending control. Click here to take action.

Live free or die,

Greg Moore
New Hampshire State Director
Americans for Prosperity