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Rep. Patrick Murphy Calls For Freeze In Federal Spending

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Pennsylvania Congressman (D-PA, 8th District) announced his proposal to freeze all non-defense related discretionary spending in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal. In a letter to President Obama, Rep. Murphy and several of his colleagues in the Blue Dog Coalition requested that the President honor his promise to make the tough choices necessary to restore fiscal discipline. While the majority of the nation's debt and projected deficits were inherited from the Bush Administration, Rep. Murphy believes that the exploding national debt requires serious action now to put the country back on the right track. Freezing all discretionary spending across all non-defense related agencies and departments would demonstrate required fiscal restraint and take a positive step toward reducing future deficits on behalf of the American taxpayer.

"While families in the 8th District and across the country tighten their belts and balance their budgets, the government needs to do the same- and one of the critical pieces of that effort must be a freeze in federal discretionary spending," said Rep. Murphy. "This suggestion might not be politically popular, but it's the right thing to do- and we need to make tough choices to balance our budget."

Rep. Murphy's proposal would include a freeze in all non-defense related discretionary spending in the coming Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal. He has encouraged colleagues of both parties to join him in calling on President Obama and the Congress to freeze federal spending, which could save taxpayers as much as $20 billion.

The text of the letter follows:

January 20, 2010

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

In August 2009, the Congressional Budget Office released revised deficit projections that projected over $9 trillion and 8.5% GDP in deficits by 2019. CBO Director Doug Elmendorf said of this projection, "Over the long term, the budget remains on an unsustainable path." We could not agree more.

In last year's budget message you stated, "We must begin the process of making the tough choices necessary to restore fiscal discipline, cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office, and put our Nation on sound fiscal footing."

Today we are writing to request that you help fulfill that pledge by including a freeze of non-defense related discretionary spending in your upcoming Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal.

We are in complete agreement with you that this situation calls for serious steps to be taken. While the majority of our debt and projected deficits were inherited from the Bush administration, it falls to us to put our nation back on the right track.

A first step is to freeze discretionary spending across all non-defense related agencies and departments. This simple freeze from the FY2010 levels will demonstrate required fiscal restraint and provide a positive step toward reducing future deficits.

More will need to be done to get our fiscal house in order, but we believe this freeze in non-defense related discretionary spending is a good place to begin. We hope you will seriously consider our request and join us in our efforts on behalf of the American taxpayer.

Sincerely,

Patrick J. Murphy
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Michael A. Arcuri
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Kathleen A. Dahlkemper
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Brad Ellsworth
MEMBER OF CONGRESS


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