FRC Action Responds to Sen. Chuck Schumer's Praise of FRC

Mar 16, 2011, 17:20 ET from FRC Action

"How is respecting the majority's wishes and cutting spending in a budget a 'right wing' move?" asks FRC Action's Tony Perkins

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council Action (FRC Action) President Tony Perkins responded today to direct attacks on the floor of the U.S. Senate by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Sen. Schumer took to the Senate floor today railing against FRC for its opposition to yesterday's vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a three-week Continuing Resolution that sustains taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia and fails to cut federal funding for scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood. He compared FRC's efforts to a "heavy anchor bogging down the budget."

In response, FRC Action President Tony Perkins said:

"With all due respect, it is Senator Chuck Schumer and his allies on the Left that mean to not only impose their radical social and fiscal agenda on Americans, but also force Americans to pay for it. Nearly three-quarters of Americans are opposed to the government forcing them to fund abortion. How is respecting the majority's wishes and cutting spending in a budget a 'right wing' move? Removing federal funding of abortion is a centrist move, since the vast majority of Americans hold that policy position.

"Senator Schumer should come clean and tell the American people why six months into the fiscal year Congress has yet to adopt a budget for this year. Why would the last Congress which was totally controlled by Mr. Schumer and his party not pass a budget? They failed to pass a budget because they were too busy forcing their far left social agenda on America including taxpayer funding of abortion, government control of health care and open homosexuality in the military. They were busy forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab for a 'far-ranging social agenda.' What was that tab? Annual deficits in the last two years alone that total almost three trillion dollars.

"There is a time and a place to address the misguided policies and deficit spending that Mr. Schumer and his liberal colleagues have been forcing Americans to pay for. Mr. Schumer is wrong. Now is the time and this is the place.

"Of course, the Senator is right in one regard. FRC Action, Heritage Action and the Club for Growth are an 'anchor' in this process. We will do our best to ensure this country drifts no further to the Left and out into the sea of irrelevance where the irresponsible spending he and his colleagues have promoted would send us."

SOURCE FRC Action