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“The Pledge-Keepers”: Congressman John Campbell’s Two Budget Amendments

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I spent an hour with Congressman John Campbell on Friday’s show. Next week he will offer two amendments on the floor which will, if passed, put the GOP into compliance with Pledge to America. Don’t be misled by some headlines andby some spin being put out by the appropriators that deep cuts have been made so that the GOP’s Pledge can be kept. As noted in posts below, the Pledge was very specific. On p. 6 and on p. 21 it reads:

With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to prestimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone

This means tough cuts, the sort that new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is making. The first draft of the GOP budget was a joke. The second, current draft is better, but still short of the Pledge. Campbell’s two amendments, if passed, will keep the Pledge.

The first Campbell Amendment requires “non-security” spending to be limited to $378 billion –the FY 2008 level.

The second requires the “security” spending to be $14 billion less than is currently being spent in order to save $100 billion over current spending levels.

Campbell’s amendments ought to be called the Pledge-keepers, and folks should call, tweet, email and Facebook their members to insist they vote to keep the Pledge by voting for Campbell 1 and Campbell 2. Make sure you copy @JohnBoehner and @GOPLeader on your tweets and use the hashtag #hhrs.

To get my attention on the debate, email me at

The audio of Friday’s conversation will be posted here all weekend. Listen to it, especially segment four when Campbell makes the argument that this is a national security issue.



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