On Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to pass a six-month Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through March 2013. The CR is expected to gain bipartisan support, and will fund the government at the levels dictated by the Budget Control Act (BCA). The Senate may pass it as soon as next week.
Unfortunately, the CR does not defund the President’s health care law in any way, and so Tea Party Patriots is asking supporters to oppose the CR by calling your Congressman and your Senators. The American people have spoken for the past 30 months on this law, and passage of a CR that funds the law stands against both the three core values of Tea Party Patriots and the will of the American people.
In making these calls you may earn the ire of the chattering class of pundits and some politicians. However, Tea Party Patriots blogger Dustin Siggins explained at the Hot Air Green Room exactly why this ire should be ignored. They include the following reasons:
- Federal budgets are where a nation’s priorities and values are outlined with taxpayer dollars. This is an important chance for conservative Members of Congress to show that their values are unequivocally in line with the values of the American people.
- Some will tell you that a government shutdown is harmful to one political party or the other. This kind of calculation is exactly why Tea Party Patriots was first started: in Washington, the right decisions are too often pushed off until next time, until things are easier tomorrow, or next week, or after the next election.
- Others may say we should wait until January to really focus on the law. After all, we may have a change of residency at the White House and reinforcements in Congress. While this is true, observation of the 112th Congress has shown our elected officials always compromise away their principles for what the establishment claims is political pragmatism. As such, grassroots activists have learned that when it comes to legislation, now is now, and next year is always uncertain.
- Finally, Congress just got back from a five-week recess. It will only spend two weeks in Washington attempting to do a little bit of work before leaving for most of October for campaigning. Which means that for all of the press’ talk about the emergency legislation that must pass, Congress could have spent the last five weeks doing its job instead of prioritizing re-election for its members.
When all is said and done, conservatives in Congress were elected by grassroots to repeal the health care law and stop overspending. They have failed to do this, and so grassroots activists across the country are asking them to finally take a stand against the big government, big-spending health care law before it may be too late. After all, all elections are uncertain, and as we have seen time and time again in Washington, promises for the future almost never come to fruition.