MIKULSKI STATEMENT ON SUPER COMMITTEE ON DEFICIT REDUCTION
From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on the Super Committee on Deficit Reduction:
“As families in Maryland and across the country get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, they’re saying, ‘Where are we? Have we lost our way? Are we so mired in partisanship that we can’t seem to find a path forward?’
“The members of the Super Committee on Deficit Reduction were given an impossible mandate with an impossible timeline and they truly pursued their charge with due diligence. But I am disappointed that we could not reach a bipartisan agreement.
“We need a more frugal government that will reduce our deficit and reduce our debt. But the things that caused the debt and deficit should be the only things on the table. Our approach must be balanced like a three legged stool with responsible discretionary and military spending cuts; revenue; and reform that strengthens Medicare and Medicaid.
“At the same time must protect the Social Contract between the American people and their government. People who play by the rules and pay their dues through the payroll tax have earned and deserve a Social Security benefit that is reliable, undeniable, and inflation proof. That’s what they were promised.
“I oppose any changes that reduce Social Security benefits. Social Security should be revisited and reformed to ensure its safety and solvency. But Social Security did not cause our debt. It did not cause our deficit. It does not belong in the Super Committee.”
Rep. Andy Harris Statement on the Super Committee
From the office of Congressman Andy Harris:
“I’m disappointed that the Super Committee wasn’t able to achieve even the minimal amount of deficit reduction,” said Rep. Andy Harris. “Committee members like John Kerry refused to cut spending and instead tried to increase taxes on American job creators by one trillion dollars. Their unwillingness to comprise on tax increases will put us on a one-way path to a European-style debt crisis.”
Congressman Harris will appear live with Maynard Edwards and Cindy Mumby at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on WAMD 970 AM.