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Conservative Leaders To Ryan: Pass Budget Resolution Now!

On Friday, leaders of 23 top conservative organizations, including CHQ’s Richard Viguerie, signed an open letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan demanding the House move and pass H. Con. Res. 71, the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, as amended and passed by the Senate.

The letter pointed out that the budget process serves many important purposes, but this year’s iteration offers a unique opportunity to pass fundamental tax reform -- far and away our nation’s highest fiscal priority. The Capitolquickest and highest-probability path to achieving this goal would be to bypass the conference process and move directly to a House vote on the Senate-passed budget resolution.

Doing so will give members of the House and Senate a head-start on negotiating the specifics of tax reform legislation noted the letter.

The letter’s signers made clear that their organizations hope to play a meaningful role in these conversations as conservatives in Congress work toward expanding the economy, simplifying the tax code, and helping ease the burden of taxation for American families and individuals.

All of these goals would be best served if the House quickly adopted the budget passed by the Senate and moved promptly to crafting pro-growth, pro-family tax reform legislation stated the letter.

The group closed by urging the House to quickly take up and pass H. Con. Res. 71 in its current form.

Along with the letter FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye released a statement urging prompt House action on the Budget:

“The passage of this budget is a step toward fundamental tax reform. We need to get tax reform done, and get it done fast, before the end of year. We shouldn’t waste time with a conference committee. The House should pass the Senate budget quickly when it reconvenes next week.”

President Trump praised the Senate bill as well, with the White House issuing a statement saying:

"President Donald J. Trump applauds the Senate for passing its FY 2018 Budget Resolution today and taking an important step in advancing the Administration's pro-growth and pro-jobs legislative agenda. This resolution creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts, simplifying the overcomplicated tax code, providing financial relief for families across the country, and making American businesses globally competitive. President Trump looks forward to final enactment of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution so we can bring jobs back to our country."

Signers of the letter include:

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman,

Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union

Jim Martin, Founder & Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Lisa B. Nelson, CEO, ALEC Action

Phil Kerpen, President, American Commitment

Chrissy Harbin, Vice President of External Affairs, Americans for Prosperity

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

Andrew F. Quinlan, President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Jeffrey Mazzella, President, Center for Individual Freedom

David McIntosh, President, Club for Growth

Matthew Kandrach, President, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE)

Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director, Digital Liberty

Patrick D. Purtill, Director of Legislative Affairs, Faith and Freedom Coalition

Palmer Schoening, Chairman, Family Business Coalition

Nathan Nascimento, Vice President of Policy, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce

Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks

Heather R. Higgins, President and CEO, Independent Women’s Voice

Gregory T. Angelo, President, Log Cabin Republicans

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Jenny Beth Martin, Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund

Judson Phillips, Founder, Tea Party Nation

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