Official Coalition Statement on H.J. Res. 59
Bydlak: Congress should keep its word and abide by the Budget Control Act that it passed.
With Congress preparing to debate a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government during FY2014’s first few months, Coalition to Reduce Spending President Jonathan Bydlak issues the following statement:
“The Continuing Resolution (H.J. Res. 59) introduced by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers is just a tiny, imperfect step in the right direction.
“Because this bill provides for a level of spending ($983.6 billion) that is slightly below the current, post-sequestration level ($986 billion), voting for it does not violate our spending pledge, though it does continue Washington’s bad habit of spending endlessly without hesitation.
“We at the Coalition would remind Members that this proposed CR is still in violation of current law, as set out in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). Should Congress pass a CR at this higher level, it will not be acting in accordance with its word or, more importantly, the law it passed.
“For that reason, we strongly urge our pledge signers – and all members of Congress – to push for a CR that holds to the legally required amount of $967 billion, as set in the post-sequester BCA caps. We’re encouraged by the efforts of Senator Jeff Flake, who, among others, is working to ensure that Congress passes a CR that abides by these standards.
“It’s not often that Congress restrains its appetite for spending. Let’s not hastily reverse course now but instead continue on the right track to reducing spending and getting our national debt under control. Now more than ever, Congress should keep its word.”