GOP’s debt ceiling play a waste of the power of the purse

Feb. 11, 2014, Fairfax, VA.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to reconsider their debt ceiling strategy to include restrictions on the IRS targeting of the tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations:

“House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan made a huge error in agreeing to cut military pension benefits for the nation’s veterans as a part of the much ballyhooed Ryan-Murray budget deal. Now, Speaker Boehner is desperately trying to pull Chairman Ryan’s political bacon out of the fire by attaching a military pension fix to the upcoming debt ceiling increase, the last piece of must-pass legislation in this session of Congress.

“While Speaker Boehner’s cronies claim that there are not enough House Republican votes to use the debt ceiling to rein in the IRS targeting of conservative groups, he somehow is mustering forces to save Chairman Ryan from future political annihilation by restoring veterans’ pensions. It would be nice if Speaker Boehner had the same concern for the thousands of conservative allies who have been targeted and abused by President Obama’s weaponized IRS.

“It’s time for the House to use its power of the purse to both restore the rightfully earned military pensions and end the IRS abuse of power. Anything less is a dereliction of members’ constitutional duty.”

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