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103 Representatives Call for “Cut, Cap, and Balance” Response to Impending Debt Crisis

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Washington, Jun 6, 2011 | comments

103 House Republicans, led by Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, today called for a three-pronged approach of spending reductions to resolve the debt limit impasse and avoid the greater debt crisis just over the horizon.

The “Cut, Cap and Balance” proposal, outlined in a
letter to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, calls for: 

  1. Immediate spending cuts to slash the deficit in half next year.  According to March projections from the Congressional Budget Office, this would require spending cuts of approximately $380 billion in the 2012 fiscal year.
  2. Statutory, enforceable caps that align spending with average revenues by ratcheting total federal spending down to 18% of GDP.
  3. House and Senate passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that includes a spending cap at 18% of GDP and a high hurdle for tax increases.  47 Senators have already endorsed a Balanced Budget Amendment along these lines.

“America faces what Democrat Erskine Bowles has called ‘the most predictable economic crisis in history,’” said Rep. Jordan.  “Yet President Obama and other Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling with no questions asked.  ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ is the only plan on the table bold enough to turn the tide of debt, prevent the coming crisis, and restore confidence in our economy.  These three measures together will breathe new life into the Age of America.”

The full text of the letter is available here, and the 103 House Republicans who signed the letter are listed below.

“Cut, Cap, and Balance” has also garnered the support of the American Conservative Union, the American Family Business Institute, Americans for Limited Government, Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens United, the Club for Growth, the College Republicans, and the Conservative Action Project.  Other supporters include the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, the Family Research Council, FreedomWorks, Heritage Action, Let Freedom Ring, the Life & Liberty PAC, the National Taxpayers Union, and


 Letter Signers:

1.       Rep. Todd Akin 36.     Rep. Tom Graves 71.     Rep. Randy Neugebauer
2.       Rep. Justin Amash 37.     Rep. Tim Griffin 72.     Rep. Kristi Noem
3.       Rep. Roscoe Bartlett 38.     Rep. Paul Gosar 73.     Rep. Alan Nunnelee
4.       Rep. Joe Barton 39.     Rep. Frank Guinta 74.     Rep. Pete Olson
5.       Rep. Dan Benishek 40.     Rep. Ralph Hall 75.     Rep. Stephen Palazzo
6.       Rep. Rob Bishop 41.     Rep. Andy Harris 76.     Rep. Steve Pearce
7.       Rep. Marsha Blackburn 42.     Rep. Vicki Hartzler 77.     Rep. Mike Pence
8.       Rep. Kevin Brady 43.     Rep. Nan Hayworth 78.     Rep. Joe Pitts
9.       Rep. Paul Broun 44.     Rep. Tim Huelskamp 79.     Rep. Ted Poe
10.     Rep. Larry Bucshon 45.     Rep. Bill Huizenga 80.     Rep. Mike Pompeo
11.     Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle 46.     Rep. Randy Hultgren 81.     Rep. Ben Quayle
12.     Rep. Dan Burton 47.     Rep. Bill Johnson 82.     Rep. Tom Reed
13.     Rep. John Campbell 48.     Rep. Sam Johnson 83.     Rep. Reid Ribble
14.     Rep. Steve Chabot 49.     Rep. Jim Jordan 84.     Rep. Scott Rigell
15.     Rep. Jason Chaffetz 50.     Rep. Mike Kelly 85.     Rep. Phil Roe
16.     Rep. Howard Coble 51.     Rep. Jack Kingston 86.     Rep. Todd Rokita
17.     Rep. Mike Coffman 52.     Rep. John Kline 87.     Rep. Dennis Ross
18.     Rep. Chip Cravaack 53.     Rep. Raul Labrador 88.     Rep. Ed Royce
19.     Rep. Rick Crawford 54.     Rep. Doug Lamborn 89.     Rep. Steve Scalise
20.     Rep. John Culberson 55.     Rep. Jeff Landry 90.     Rep. Robert Schilling
21.     Rep. Scott DesJarlais 56.     Rep. James Lankford 91.     Rep. Jean Schmidt
22.     Rep. Jeff Duncan 57.     Rep. Bob Latta 92.     Rep. Dave Schweikert
23.     Rep. Stephen Fincher 58.     Rep. Billy Long 93.     Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
24.     Rep. Jeff Flake 59.     Rep. Cynthia Lummis 94.     Rep. Steve Southerland
25.     Rep. Chuck Fleischmann 60.     Rep. Connie Mack 95.     Rep. Cliff Stearns
26.     Rep. John Fleming 61.     Rep. Don Manzullo 96.     Rep. Steve Stivers
27.     Rep. Bill Flores 62.     Rep. Tom Marino 97.     Rep. Marlin Stutzman
28.     Rep. Randy Forbes 63.     Rep. Mike McCaul 98.     Rep. Scott Tipton
29.     Rep. Virginia Foxx 64.     Rep. Tom McClintock 99.     Rep. Tim Walberg
30.     Rep. Trent Franks 65.     Rep. Thad McCotter 100.  Rep. Joe Walsh
31.     Rep. Scott Garrett 66.     Rep. Patrick McHenry 101.  Rep. Allen West
32.     Rep. Bob Gibbs 67.     Rep. Gary Miller 102.  Rep. Joe Wilson
33.     Rep. Phil Gingrey 68.     Rep. Jeff Miller 103.  Rep. Kevin Yoder
34.     Rep. Trey Gowdy 69.     Rep. Mick Mulvaney
35.     Rep. Sam Graves 70.     Rep. Sue Myrick

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