(CNSNews.com) – Conservative leaders challenged congressional Republicans to continue to hold the line against tax increases and urged them to further cut federal spending. They also congratulated the GOP for opposing Democratic proposals to raise taxes in the failed congressional supercommittee.
“Today we applaud the Republicans on the supercommittee for not caving in to any disastrous taxes,” said ForAmerica Chairman L. Brent Bozell III at a Washington, D.C. news conference on Tuesday. “We applaud grassroots conservatives and the Tea Party members who made it clear to Republicans in Congress that raising taxes is absolutely unacceptable.”
Congressional liberals killed any meaningful debt reduction because they were unwilling to admit that spending is the problem. "Only in Washington do we think it's appropriate to solve a spending problem by raising taxes, which does nothing but increase the spending problem," he said.
In addition to his position at ForAmerica, Bozell is the president of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com.
Bozell said that while Republicans had successfully held the line against tax increases in the supercommittee, they needed to continue to push for real cuts in federal spending. He also hit hard at Republicans for allowing the spending to go up.
“[T]he Democrats are not the only ones to blame here. Since Obama took office, he’s added $4 trillion to the national debt and Republicans have done next to nothing to stop this runaway spending train, so it’s their debt too,” said Bozell.
“Americans are simply demanding that Washington end its drunken spending spree,” he said.
Bozell further said, “This is certainly not the last time the GOP will be pushed into a corner and pressured to raise taxes. If Republicans ultimately cave to liberal Democrats and support tax increases, the results in 2012 will be devastating. When Republicans campaign and govern as conservatives, distinguishing themselves from liberal Democrats, they always win. But when they campaign as conservatives, then govern as Democrat-light, they alwayslose.”
Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, said that the GOP faces a “moment of truth” on taxes, stressing that congressional Republicans must continue to oppose raising taxes on any American and “genuinely” cut spending.
“Now, they face a moment of truth,” he said at the news conference. “We’re going to find out whether they’re going to keep their promises to not increase taxes. And, are they going to genuinely cut spending.”
Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said that Congress is “not listening” to the millions of Tea Party members, and called upon Congress to cut $1.5 trillion in “real spending” while negotiating the remaining federal appropriations bills after the current continuing resolution (CR) expires in mid-December.
Real spending cuts would mean actual cuts to a program’s or department’s budget and not just a decrease in the projected increase in spending year by year for that program or department.
“The elections last year had one overwhelming message, and that message was it’s time for Congress to quit spending so much money – and they haven’t listened, and they’re not listening,” Martin said.
“Cut spending now,” she said. “The CR runs out on December 16. We challenge both the House and the Senate to cut $1.5 trillion in real spending during that process – real spending.”
The news conference was held at the Capitol Hill Hyatt in Washington, D.C. In addition to Bozell, Phillips, and Beth Martin, speakers included Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and David Bossie, president of Citizens United.