By Andrea Salazar
House Democratic Caucus Chair John Larson (D-Conn.) called on the Joint Select Committee to break through the partisan gridlock that has become the new era of politics on Capitol Hill.
Following this summer’s debt ceiling debacle, the “super committee” was tasked by President Obama with cutting $1.5 trillion from the nation’s deficit over the next decade. The committee must reach consensus on where to cut spending by Thanksgiving before automatic cuts take effect.
“This Congress by acting together, this super committee by coming together, could demonstrate, not only to the people of this country but everybody around the world, what we need to do,” Larson said. “I guarantee you that money and investment would then flow to this country because we would establish ourselves as a place where you can park your money, where you can do business and where we can create the kind of stability that we need.”
Fellow Democratic Reps. Kathy Hochul (N.Y.) and Charlie Gonzalez (Texas) echoed Larson’s concern for the “super committee,” and went even further, pushing Congress to move on the president’s jobs plan in its piecemeal form.
Hochul offered her endorsement for the upcoming infrastructure provision of Obama’s jobs bill, explaining that, in her home state of New York, the bill would have an immediate impact on those struggling.
“I’m putting this Congress on notice that if something happens to one of my bridges and we had the ability through this jobs act to provide infrastructure money to fix my bridges…well I’m sorry folks, you were forewarned,” Hochul said.
Originally for Talk Radio News Service.