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DNC Chair on Republicans’ “Duck Dodge Dismantle” Plan

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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz nails it:

Well, the actual deal stands at Democrats, led by President Obama, being willing to put all our sacred cows on the table, still pushing for a big deal to solve our nation’s fiscal crisis over the short term and the long term. And, on the Republican side, sadly, it seem that they are only willing to insist on their dogmatic adherence to anything that makes sure that we protect millionaires and billionaires. The “Duck, Dodge and Dismantle” plan that we’re going to vote on in the House today is the Ryan Plan on steroids. It would end Medicare as we know it, it would potentially slash Social Security benefits, make sure that elected members of Congress would avoid accountability by forcing decisions instead of requiring us to stand in front of our constitutents and own up to the votes we cast, which is what we were elected and paid to do.

  • Peter 2010

    If only we had a DPVA Chair who could speak out as articulately and credibly against Bob McDonnell’s budget priorities.

  • KAINE OPPOSES “ALL CUTS, NO BALANCE” HOUSE PROPOSAL

    RICHMOND – In response to tonight’s vote on the “Cut, Cap and Balance” pledge, which George Allen, Tim Donner and Jamie Radtke endorsed, Governor Tim Kaine issued the following statement:

    “The plan passed by the House tonight will hurt everyday Americans, jeopardize jobs and American competitiveness, and make a gridlocked Washington even less likely to deal with our nation’s problems.

    “It is designed to cut services like veterans benefits, Medicare and Social Security while making it harder to ask wealthy individuals and companies to share part of the burden of reducing America’s deficit. And, by requiring super-majority votes in both Houses for a variety of actions, the bill would allow a small minority in one House to shut down government. For these reasons, economists have stated that this approach would lead to ‘almost immediate economic disaster.’

    “Our country needs a truly balanced approach to fiscal responsibility. If Congress is serious about cuts, it doesn’t have to go through an elaborate effort to amend the Constitution. Instead, it can immediately enact the PayGo reforms that George Allen voted against when he was a United States Senator. Or, it can opt to embrace birpartisan spending reductions that Senator Mark Warner and the ‘Gang of Six’ put forward today.  Regardless, Republicans’ ‘all cuts, no balance’ approach is not the answer to our problems.”

  • Moran Statement on Republican “Cut, Cap and Balance” Vote

    Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, released the below statement following House passage of H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap and Balance Act”:

    “I was proud to vote against the “Cut, Cap and Balance Act” tonight. The House Republicans have presented us with their vision for America’s future. This is a vision in which the country turns its back on the achievements of the last century and chooses not to invest in meeting the challenges of the next century.

    “The 18 percent spending cap mandated by the bill would return the government to spending levels not seen since the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid. This would necessarily result in unprecedented cuts in student loans and grants, transportation, education, environmental protection and enforcement, in other words, the physical and human infrastructure of our economy.

    “The bill also demands that in return for avoiding an economically disastrous default on our debt, we make $111 billion in immediate spending cuts, seriously increasing the likelihood of a double-dip recession.

    “As an appropriator I have learned that budgets are the firmest expression of our values. This is not the time for the Democratic Party to sacrifice our values, values held by a majority of the American people even in the face of opposition that has reached unprecedented levels of ideological radicalization. We must address our long-term deficits, but we must do so in a balanced manner, combining rational spending cuts and increased revenues.”