Coalition launches to promote “Cut, Cap and Balance” pledge
posted at 9:45 pm on June 22, 2011 by Tina Korbe
As the August debt limit debate approaches and Congressional Democrats continue to clamor for a clean increase, more than 40 organizations today formally announced their support for a “Cut, Cap and Balance” approach to the issue — the same approach favored by the Republican Study Committee and solid conservatives like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).
At a press conference on Capitol Hill that also featured supportive lawmakers like Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), coalition leaders called on all members of Congress, candidates for federal office, presidential candidates and the public to pledge not to support a debt limit increase unless Congress first passes a plan to cut spending, institute statutory spending caps and initiate the balanced budget amendment process. The member groups — including FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, Let Freedom Ring and the National Taxpayers Union — will bring the heat on Twitter and elsewhere to urge policymakers to commit to the pledge.
Pete Sepp, executive vice president of NTU, says the coalition conceived of a unified effort in part as a response to lackluster Congressional efforts to cut spending earlier this year.
“To be honest, this is motivated by a concern that after the underwhelming effort to try to reduce current-year federal spending by $100 billion … we needed to take a very strong stand and put down a marker,” Sepp said.
Concerns about tax hikes aside, polls show strong support for each of the three elements of the pledge. An OnMessage, Inc., survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters, conducted on behalf of Let Freedom Ring, found 69 percent favor spending cuts, 66 percent favor caps and an overwhelming majority of 81 percent favor a balanced budget. A separate poll commissioned earlier this year by Ron Sachs Communications found a solid majority of 65 percent favor a constitutional amendment that requires Congress to balance the budget.
The coalition seeks to capitalize on that broad support by concentrating the message, Sepp said.
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