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Coats Calls on Congress to Reconvene, Work on Deficit Reduction Plan

January 9, 2013
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   01/10/13 Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), ranking Republican on the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, Monday called on congressional leaders to bring Congress back into session to work on a deficit reduction plan:

“As the national debt continues to rise, each day wasted is a day closer to our country hitting its borrowing limit. Rather than take a break from the Capitol, congressional leaders should immediately call lawmakers back to Washington to begin working now on a long-term deficit reduction plan to address our unsustainable $16.4 trillion debt.

“Unlike the past two years, we cannot continue to run out the clock forcing Congress to make last minute decisions on deeply flawed policies. The Senate should not be rushing major legislation and voting in the early hours of the morning on New Year’s Day. It doesn’t have to be this way. Consistently governing from the edge of a cliff is detrimental to our country and reflective of a complete lack of leadership in Washington.

“Both sides of the aisle recognize that our spending and borrowing cannot continue at its current pace. Both parties have acknowledged that mandatory spending programs – Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – are the main drivers of our debt.  Now is the time to stop politicizing and start leading. This is no time for Congress or the President to take breaks from the fiscal crisis. Congress and the White House have a job to do and must get to work today.”

Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate are scheduled to be in session this week.

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2 Responses to “ Coats Calls on Congress to Reconvene, Work on Deficit Reduction Plan ”

  1. Thor on January 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Jhoughton, What was the flavor of the Kool-Aid when you drank it?

    SS was paid for, then the dem spend-meisters unlocked the lock box and spent every cent donated.

    They want to continue borrowing and spending until our great grand children will be guaranteed slaves to the national debt.

    This wanton spending is the worst display of greed and sloth paired with the worst display of child abuse.

    It’s time that the greedy WORK thier fair share. My children don’t deserve to pay for your handout.

    Everyone out there taking the government dole (not worked for welfare, so leave the vets out of this) SHAME ON YOU.

  2. jhoughton on January 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Social Security is paid for by it’s own fund. You can see the deduction on each pay stub. Do not allow these Republican a*holes to screw with SS or to use it to scare the public to influence decision making. It is not part of the debt and we cannot allow them to mess with it. This is just another republican lie and scare tactic, don’t fall for it.