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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user kevinmcc on August 05, 2011 in opposition to S.365 Budget Control Act of 2011.
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S.365 Budget Control Act of 2011

I am writing as your constituent in the 17th Congressional district of Illinois. I opposed S.365 - Budget Control Act of 2011, and am tracking it using, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.

86% of users on, a free, non-partisan resource, oppose S.365, yet you voted AYE on passage. Americans are sick of the debt, sick of wasting tax dollars on interest, sick of our tax dollars go to the operations of foreign governments.

You also voted to bypass the constitution, not new to you, but we are sick of that too. "Sec. 401. Establishment of Joint Select Committee" I spent about 20 minutes reading over this bill. Clearly this is not constitutional. Why do you continue to violate the constitution by passing this kind of legislation?

You had your chance to vote NAY on this very serious matter. I will be keeping this in mind during election time. Continuing to vote in this matter will not win my vote again. Please get in touch with reality and your voters.

Sincerely, Kevin McCormick

This letter was a reply from the office of Mark Kirk on August 05, 2011.
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Dear Friend:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate and welcome your thoughts. While we experience a high volume of incoming e-mails, we read each message sent and if you are a resident ofwe will respond to you with an e-mail as soon as possible.


Mark Kirk United States Senator

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