Full Text of Senate Conservatives' Letter To Trent Lott:
Dear Mr. Majority Leader:
A budget deal that violates our fundamental principles is worse than no budget deal at all. As you work to forge a budget package we believe any credible balanced budget plan must meet the following five thresholds. These include:
We must not negotiate away the very principles that we were elected to defend. The Republican party has, and always will be the party of limited government and unlimited opportunity for all Americans.
Any effort to compromise tax relief for working Americans, to use rosy economic scenarios, and to succumb to political pressure to shave standard of living indices to raise income taxes and cut Social Security benefits in order to feed the growth of the federal government would be a retreat from our fundamental principles. We believe that people should keep more of what they earn, and that government must have limits.
We cannot, in good conscience, support any budget package that violates these five reasonable thresholds.
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