47 Conservative Leaders Issue 8-Point Plan To 112th Congress
Offer Warning To New Members and GOP Leadership
CONSERVATIVE ACTION PROJECT
Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring
Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United
Penny Young Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America
Gary Aldrich, President, Liberty Central & Chairman, CNP Action Inc.
Duane Parde, President, National Taxpayers Union
James Martin, Chairman 60 Plus Association
James C. Miller III, former Reagan Budget Director
Morton C. Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch
Brian Brown, President, National Organization for Marriage
Alfred Regnery, Publisher, American Spectator
Mario H. Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund
Becky Norton Dunlop, President, Council for National Policy
J. Kenneth Blackwell, Chairman, Coalition for a Conservative Majority
Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com
Dr. Herbert London, President, Hudson Institute
Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
T. Kenneth Cribb, former Domestic Advisor to President Reagan
Tom Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Human Events
Bob Adams, Executive Director, League of American Voters
Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus, Boston University
Donna Hearne, Executive Director, Constitutional Coalition
David McIntosh, former Member of Congress, Indiana
Herman Cain, President, The NEW Voice, Inc.
Andrea Lafferty, Executive Director, Traditional Values Coalition
Bill Pascoe, Executive Vice President, Citizens for the Republic
Gary Marx, Executive Director, Judicial Crisis Network
Mathew D. Staver, Founder & Chairman, Liberty Counsel
Suhail A. Khan, Chairman, Conservative Inclusion Coalition
Susan Carleson, Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union
Ron Robinson, President, Young America's Foundation
Brent Bozell, President, Media Research Center
Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy
Tim Goeglein, Vice President, Focus on the Family
Curt Levey, Executive Director, Committee for Justice
Amy Noone Frederick, President, 60 Plus Association
Ambassador Henry Cooper, Chairman, High Frontier
Bill Wichterman, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush
Austin Ruse, President, Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute
Kay Daly, President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Dr. Bob Reccord, Executive Director, Council for National Policy
Karen Kerrigan, President, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Rev. Lou Sheldon, Traditional Values Coalition
David Y. Denholm, President, Public Service Research Foundation
(All organizations listed are for identification purposes only)
MEMO FOR THE MOVEMENT
Along with nearly 100 conservative leaders and tea party activists we gather to reaffirm our principles of constitutional limited government and economic freedom and our belief in a strong national security and traditional American values. In the recent election, the American people sent a strong message to the President and both Houses of Congress that they insist upon government grounded in constitutional principles and a restoration of Federalism.
Now we call upon President Obama and leaders in Congress to return America to a true and prosperous Nation by passing legislation and implementing policies supported by the vast majority of our fellow citizens that achieve the following:
Repeal of Obamacare. The President should acknowledge that the voters have spoken. The 112th Congress must now follow through and immediately pass a bill that repeals Obamacare. Until Congress is able to get the President to sign a law repealing Obamacare, it must withhold funding, block key provisions and override regulations implementing Obamacare. Only after Obamacare is rejected, can Congress undertake a careful, thoughtful legislative process to make practical adjustments that allow the free market to provide affordable, effective health care insurance choices.
Sustained Economic Growth and Job Creation. The 2010 election outcome was a rejection of President Obama and the Democratic Congress failure to enact policies that create economic growth and enable free enterprise to create more jobs. The President and Congress must now not raise taxes; it is vital that they encourage sound monetary policy, and eliminate unnecessary and job killing regulations.
Ensure No American Pays Higher Taxes. Congress must reject any Obama tax hikes, end the "death-tax" and make permanent the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, thereby helping the economy grow and create more jobs.
Cut Government Spending. Congress has approved more spending than even the federal bureaucracy can handle. The new Congress should fulfill its pledge to reduce actual spending to pre-Obama levels and eliminate tax-payer dollars for private organizations that engage in political advocacy. Congress should then further reduce spending to work towards balanced budgets and begin to reduce the national debt.
Protect America —An Exceptional Country. The first duty of government is to protect its citizens from foreign threats and secure our nation's borders. Peace comes through strength — not vulnerability, not appeasement and not an apologetic America. The new Congress should support our troops at home and abroad, strengthen the alliance of free and democratic nations, and oppose any surrender of American sovereignty to the United Nations and other transnational organizations. The new Congress also should support comprehensive missile defense.
Restore Traditional American Values. Conservatives recognize that government policies which weaken the family take a special toll on the poor. The results of families falling apart has huge moral and financial costs for all of us since society will pay through wasteful and fraud ridden programs supporting the welfare state. Congress should immediately ban tax-payer funding of abortion providers, promote policies that uphold the sanctity of human life, and oppose policies & programs that are destructive towards traditional marriage and families.
No More Bailouts. President Obama and Congress must end government bailouts of private companies, Wall Street financiers, and State governments that have spent far beyond their means. It is inherently unfair to burden working Americans with higher taxes and creating future debts to bailout those who have failed to act responsibly.
Resist President Obama's Court Packing Scheme. Our nation is a rule of laws, not men. To this end, the Senate should vote to confirm only those men and women committed to the rule of law and reject, procedurally or otherwise, judicial activists who would bring a personal agenda to the bench.
New Leaders with a New Opportunity. The American people have sent new leaders to Congress. They expect them to use every aspect of their constitutional authority to secure these goals. Liberals will seek to preserve the expansions of government and thwart the mandate from this election--hoping the American people will not pay attention.
As new leaders your mission is to fulfill this mandate. Work with the President and his allies when they agree to conservative goals. But do not compromise on fundamental principles of freedom and limited constitutional government. Repeal the mistakes of the past, and then lead with new approaches that work and will accomplish these goals.
When you do we, and the American people, are prepared to stand with you in the coming two years.
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