Americans for Prosperity-Iowa calls on Congress(Des Moines, IA) Americans for Prosperity–Iowa, the state’s leading grassroots advocate for fiscal responsibility, yesterday urged Iowa’s congressional delegation to make dollar for dollar cuts in federal spending for any increase in the nation’s debt ceiling. AFP has long supported attaching spending reforms to a debt ceiling increase as a way to get the nation’s long-term fiscal imbalance under control. AFP has recommended $1,005 billion in spending reductions which you can read here.

AFP-IA State Director Mark Lucas released the following statement:

Iowa families are making tough budgeting decisions for their families every day. We cannot afford to spend more money than we take in. Members of congress should apply Iowa values to their budgeting practices in DC.

The debt ceiling provides an opportunity not merely to extend the national credit limit, but address the federal government’s spending addiction. Congress should take responsibility to address the root cause of our rising debt through spending reforms that save at least as much taxpayer money as the increase in the debt ceiling.  This is a crucial step towards getting spending under control and controlling our debt crisis.

For every dollar the debt limit is raised there should be a dollar in cuts.  There are plenty of opportunities for sensible, needed reductions and reforms that will enable our government to save billions while fulfilling its basic functions. Americans for Prosperity has proposed over $1 trillion in potential budget savings by reforming our broken entitlement programs.

For example, one starting place is to increase the means testing for Medicare.  This proposal could save $31 billion over the next ten years and is a good small step toward entitlement reform.

The Budget Control Act has already constrained the growth of discretionary spending through sequester cuts and these cuts must be kept in place by holding funding in any continuing resolution at $967 billion — the level already agreed to in the Budget Control Act.

Americans for Prosperity will focus heavy attention on the nation’s spending addiction during the subsequent weeks with earned media and grassroots advocacy.

Photo credit: Ken Lund via Flickr (CC-By-SA 2.0)

1 comment
  1. I thought it was all about the ACA…

    But one additional thing AFP might also suggest is raising the earnings cap on Social Security taxes. That simple change would allow that system to remain solvent for at least a few decades. Odd that the AFP would choose to balance things without exploiting other revenue sources as well. They’re kinda lopsided that way.

    While we’re on the topic of coming budget problems, here’s an interesting link that is the start of a series of posts on the American health care system (from the blog, The League of Ordinary Gentlemen). The first post describes the history of what got us to where we are now:

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