Club for Growth warns lawmakers on ‘sequester replacement’

December 20, 2012

Having already announced opposition to House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise taxes on people earning more than $1 million, the conservative Club for Growth now also doesn’t like a plan to partially avert a series of spending cuts set to take effect in January.

House Republicans announced plans late Wednesday to hold a vote on the Sequester Replacement Act, which would divert some defense spending cuts set to take effect next month on to domestic programs. But the club said it opposes the measure because “House leaders are refusing to make all of the necessary spending cuts now and instead are promising to make the cuts in a future Congress.”

“They don't want to make all of the FY13 cuts, so they are pushing them into the future,” the group wrote. “This is a direct violation of the promise they made to the public last year.”

The club also announced Wednesday that it was opposed to Boehner’s “Plan B” bill to raise taxes on millionaires because it violates the group’s – and the GOP’s – anti-tax stance.

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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