Louisiana Lawmakers React To Super-Committee Debt Failure
There is no deal as the congressional super-committee on debt and deficits closes up shop. A statement from the committee confirms the failure to find bipartisan agreement on more than one-trillion-dollars in spending cuts over ten years. That failure triggers sweeping, across-the-board budget cuts, beginning in 2013.
Here is reaction from some of Louisiana's Congressional delegation:
Congressman Jeff Landry called on his colleagues to end the Washington games and do their elected duties:
"I voted against the Washington gimmick that increased our nation’s debt and created the super disaster Super Committee because I recognized our nation’s future is more important than a short-term deal. Those who supported the debt ceiling increase don’t have a right to be disappointed by today’s news because they knew it was just another Washington trick. It’s no wonder people have such a low opinion of Congress; even when they punt the tough decisions to a small group meeting in secret, they can’t get it right. This is just another example of Congress doing what it’s always done year after year: waste our hard-earned tax dollars and handcuff our debt to future generations. New people like me came here to get Congress to focus on reality and make the tough decisions. It’s time the Washington politicians join our calls to concentrate on the bottom-line, balance America’s budget, and end business as usual."
Senator David Vitter had this to say:"Of course, I voted against the original debt limit bill and the super committee concept – it raised our already sky-high debt limit, was not nearly enough real cuts and just kicked the can down the road. But this deadlock is still very disappointing," Vitter said. "I'll keep pushing for real cuts, fair tax reform that will produce major additional revenue and a rearrangement of the planned automatic cuts, which will otherwise savage our men and women in uniform."