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Turning up the heat on supercommittee, Murray

Post by Rob Hotakainen on Oct. 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
October 3, 2011 12:04 pm

A grassroots group that wants to reduce federal spending said it will kick off its national tour in Washington state on Tuesday as part of a plan to pressure Democratic Sen. Patty Murray to hold the line on government expenditures as she heads up Congress’ supercommittee.

Tom Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, said that Murray should “act responsibly as co-chair of the spending supercommittee.”

“We hope that all supercommittee members get the message that after years of out-of-control government spending, it’s time for Washington, D.C., to tighten its belt,” he said.

The “Cut Spending Now” tour is scheduled to make two stops in Washington state on Tuesday: in Shelton, at Kneeland Park at noon; and in Vancouver at the Esther Short Park Pavilion Stage at 6:30 p.m.

After leaving Washington state, the tour will go through Oregon, California, Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia, North Carolina and others before concluding in Washington, D.C.

The supercommittee, created in August, has until Nov. 23 to come up with a plan to reduce the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion.

Groups are busy lobbying members before the committee finalizes its recommendations.

On Monday, former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, speaking on behalf of two liberal groups, urged the public to contact members of the supercommittee in an attempt to get them to raise taxes on millionaires.

“We need to show Congress — and especially the members of this so-called supercommittee that we’re not going to let big corporations and the super rich call the shots anymore,” Feingold said. “The supercommittee is accepting public comments right now and we need to overwhelm them with the voices of average Americans across the country.”

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