RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A fiscal watchdog group says it's proud of plans by elected North Carolina Republican leaders not to expand Medicaid through the federal health care overhaul and its impending decision to refuse to extend federal unemployment benefits.

Americans for Prosperity national president Tim Phillips and North Carolina state director Dallas Woodhouse spoke Tuesday at a news conference at the Legislative Building. They also announced a new initiative in which their activists will hold events across the state to urge members of North Carolina's congressional delegation not to block upcoming automatic federal spending cuts.

Phillips and Woodhouse praised the actions of the GOP-led General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory, saying just because they're offered money from the federal government doesn't mean they should spend it, because it's all tax dollars.

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