By Susan Crabtree - 01/06/11 06:49 PM EST
One day after House Republicans began backing away from their pledge
to cut $100 billion from the federal budget, a group of stalwart
conservatives circulated a “communiqué” on Capitol Hill and K Street
warning Republicans to stay true to their principles and campaign
The group of 47 longtime activists on the right, who dubbed themselves the “Conservative Action Project,” issued an eight-point plan for the 112th Congress in an attempt to hold Republicans' feet to the fire on a host of conservative principles from lowering taxes and cutting spending to overturning federal funding of abortions overseas.
The group also strongly warned Republicans only to work with Democrats when they “agree to conservative goals.”
"As new leaders your mission is to fulfill this mandate,” they wrote, referring to their eight-point plan, which specifically includes a plank on reducing government spending to pre-Obama levels. “Work with the President and his allies when they agree to conservative goals. But do not compromise on fundamental principles of freedom and limited constitutional government."
The activists said they were standing with nearly 100 conservative leaders and Tea Party activists to reaffirm the principles of constitutional limited government, economic freedom and “our belief in a strong national security and traditional family values.”
Republican aides have said the GOP will still look to significantly reduce spending, but the notion of cutting $100 billion from the federal budget was based on the premise that President Obama’s full-year 2011 budget would be enacted. They said they would fulfill their pledge to return non-security discretionary spending to 2008 levels, but argued their $100 billion pledge did not apply to the budget being developed for the second half of fiscal 2011, which ends Sept. 30.
Democrats never passed a budget resolution last year, and the last continuing resolution they passed lasts only until March 4.
The conservative communiqué calls on Republicans in both chambers to repeal the new healthcare law or withhold funding, block key provisions and override regulations implementing the law until the Congress is able to force Obama to sign a law formally repealing it.
“Only after Obamacare is rejected, can Congress undertake a careful, thoughtful legislative process to make practical adjustments that allow the free market to provide affordable, effective health care insurance choices,” the groups wrote.
The groups said Republicans’ second priority should be stimulating economic growth and job creation by rejecting any effort to increase taxes, ending the estate tax and making permanent the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Cutting spending would only help bolster the economy, they argued, specifically citing the need to eliminate taxpayer dollars for private organizations that engage in political advocacy, an apparent reference to the liberal community activist group ACORN.
Government bailouts of private companies, Wall Street financiers and state governments, they argued, is inherently unfair to working Americans by burdening them with higher taxes and creating future debts based on bailouts for bad actors.
When it comes to national security, the groups argued for peace through strength, not “vulnerability, not appeasement and not an apologetic America” and specifically called on Republicans to support “comprehensive” missile defense.
“The new Congress should support our troops at home and abroad, strengthen the alliance of free and democratic nations, and oppose any surrender of American sovereignty to the United Nations and other transnational organizations,” they wrote.
Perhaps the most controversial plank is a demand for a restoration of “traditional American values” and an “immediate” ban on taxpayer funding of abortion providers.
“Conservatives recognize that government policies which weaken the family take a special toll on the poor,” they said. “The results of families falling apart has huge moral and financial costs for all of us since society will pay through wasteful and fraud ridden programs supporting the welfare state. Congress should immediately ban tax-payer funding of abortion providers, promote policies that uphold the sanctity of human life, and oppose policies & programs that are destructive towards traditional marriage and families.”
The groups also spoke out against what they labeled “Obama’s court-packing Scheme,” an attempt they said to fill benches with judicial activists who have “personal agenda[s].”