From Robert Hurt’s statement defending his support of the “Balanced” Budget Amendment and its ride ons:
“Today’s vote was another action taken by the House to get our fiscal house in order to help grow the economy and create jobs for 5th District Virginians…
Washington has a spending problem. And while the Administration and Congressional Democrats continue to support the current spending status quo, the House will make the tough but necessary choices to reduce our debt and deficits, return certainty to the marketplace so that our job creators will have the confidence necessary to hire and expand, and preserve the American dream for our children and grandchildren.”
But will the act accomplish those goals? Here’s what the non-partisan Center on Budget Policy Priorities had to say:
“The “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act” … stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades.”
The Center’s statement goes on to say:
“The budget cuts under “Cap, Cut, and Balance” would … cause the loss of roughly 700,000 jobs (next year) in the current weak economy…Some proponents of the legislation portray the measure as protecting Social Security and Medicare. This claim is false. The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to large reductions.”
How’s that for making “necessary” choices to expand job creation? Robert Hurt needs to start representing his district, which could use a fair amount of job creation, instead of copying Eric Cantor’s votes 90% of the time, even when those votes would result in the loss of 700,000 jobs.
Hat tip to Dr. Aubyn Fulton, Professor of Psychology at Pacific Union College for posting the Center for Budget Policy’s report on his facebook and giving me the inspiration to write this post.