Southeastern NC’s representatives in Washington talk about debt ceiling deal

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Submitted: Tue, 08/02/2011 - 1:13am
Updated: Fri, 05/04/2012 - 2:26am

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) -– Months of tension, wrangling and political posturing may end Tuesday if Congress gives final approval to a compromise on the federal debt ceiling. The US House approved the bill Monday night. The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday. Meanwhile southeastern North Carolina’s representatives in Congress are sounding off.

While the deal passed the House, it did not get the support of Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District).

“This bill does not meet the necessary tests to protect our financial security, our national security, and our personal security,” McIntyre said in a statement. “First, by raising the debt ceiling once again, we are extending our nation’s credit card for additional debt and continuing the spending binge that we must stop. We MUST rein in government spending.

“Second, we are risking our national security with arbitrary, harmful cuts that would undermine our force structure, capabilities, and the ability to provide for our national security, which is to ‘provide the common defense’ that is our constitutional duty and is necessary for a free and strong United States. Everyone must share in reductions in spending, but to specifically, and arbitrarily, slash our nation’s defense is not responsible. As General Martin Dempsey, the current Army Chief of Staff who has been nominated to become the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, deep defense cuts would be ‘extraordinarily difficult and very high risk.’

“And third, we are risking the personal security of many with the cuts to Medicare providers and our hospitals who are on the front lines serving so many who need help. These are risks that are too great, too serious, and too grave. We can and we should do better for the security of our country. This deal could have been done without arbitrarily risking these critical programs.”

When the bill moves to the Senate, it is likely to get bipartisan support from North Carolina.

“Tonight, history was made as the House of Representatives passed a proposal that required spending cuts in order for the debt ceiling to be increased,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said. “This common-sense, but long overdue, action was absolutely vital to stop the practice of ‘spend and borrow’ that has been commonplace for so long in Washington. By passing this proposal, a strong precedent was set that any increase in the debt must be accompanied by equal cuts in spending, and through this debate we have shifted the focus from spending to actual cuts in spending.

“Since the beginning of this debate, I have said that the top priorities we must address are avoiding default and reining in federal spending. This proposal, while not perfect, does achieve those goals. This debate has changed the way Washington and all Americans view our national debt and our out-of-control spending problem, and while it does not go far enough to address the issue of our budget process, it takes a big step towards putting our nation on track to fiscal responsibility.”

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) also supports the deal.

“While the agreement reached by the bipartisan Congressional leaders and the White House might not be my first choice for a solution, there is no doubt that we need to get our fiscal house in order and avoid a default,” Hagan said. “This agreement averts a default crisis without relying on a short-term patch that would leave the markets in turmoil and harm our seniors, our veterans or our military in the field. Though I would have preferred a bigger deal – balanced along the lines of the one outlined by the bipartisan deficit reduction commission chaired by North Carolina’s Erskine Bowles and Sen. Alan Simpson – this agreement is a good start.

“With our economy recovering too slowly, it is clear that we have spent too much time in Washington posturing and bickering when what we need to do is come together to get our economy back on track. I am hopeful that we can now focus relentlessly on putting Americans back to work. Jobs are priorities number one, two and three.”

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2015 years 8 months ago

…….squeeze a few political windbags and you get government flatulence.

2015 years 8 months ago

it is hard to believe Mike McIntyre has a more conservative position than Senator Burr.

Senator Hagen’s comments are about what one would expect from her; no real substance.

2015 years 8 months ago

We kicked the can down the road. It’s still there, waiting for us.

We cannot continue to spend one dollar for every sixty cents of revenue we take in, and this bill goes nowhere near cutting to the levels we need.

2015 years 8 months ago

You can say we dodged a bullet today, but we certainly haven’t ended the gun fight yet. Not even close. Yesterday was just another band aid on the hoover dam of spending. Its flowing out so quickly they have to actually ask for more debt?!?!

We need to trim things and drastically. We are being laughed at globally for our reliability and stability of our own economy. At a time where it really would be great to boost American reliability, we have just pushed it farther in to the deepest red loss possible.

Close the post office and sell it to UPS and FedEX. Start to take a cold hard look at redundancies, such as regulatory divisions that overlap so many times it will make your head spin. Creating government jobs is not the answer to any job crisis and for certain raising taxes isn’t either. To say the government needs more revenue only laughs at the entire situation. The government needs to be smaller, more efficent and less involved. It should run like a well oiled chain but I have fears it never will. When Apple computer has more cash then the US government start asking those type of people how to run an organization. Clearly, we have failed collectively as a nation. We have proved that our government is the worst at managing anything. Never can I remember a time more when I wish I lived elsewhere. Even places like Canada are surpassing us in Economic stability.

The guys in Washington can’t agree on anything – any of them for any reason. Oh wait, there is one thing they can agree on…they want continue to be paid. They want to continue to be voted into office, they want to continue to make poor decisions and have no reprocussions. Yesterday was not even bitter sweet; though in some sick way I wanted to see the resolution pass, I also realized maybe it will take something drastic for things to change. I thought our past years of 2008 & 2009 would be reason enough to start fresh. I don’t blame just the Democrats, or just the Republicans or even the independents. I now equally blame them all. I tend to be more moderately liberal but I’m starting to realize, forget the labels, I’m just pissed.

We need to flush it all out and start with a new cast of leaders in government. “Career Politicans” are a FAIL. “Lobbyists” are a FAIL. “Entitlements” are a FAIL. All of these things that created a lifecycle around tax dollars are a FAIL. I feel for the divisions and hard working government entities and would be sad if anyone lost their job, however, perpetuating the cycle just to keep someone there is not helping the greater good of the American Society. We must do away with all of the BS and start to realize that our so called leaders are doing the absolute opposite of leading. They put in the long hours only when an imminent crisis is pending. They should be putting those long hours in all of the time; for those are the people who should ultimately care about everyone.

I do not want them to speak and preface with “The American People…” because they aren’t part of the American People. They are a part of the American Government and it is a failure at the moment.

We finally need a change to happen a change where we can be proud again to live in America. I travel internationally monthly. I have witnessed first hand the stereotypes of Americans. Its not favoring in any light; this wasn’t always the case.

2015 years 8 months ago

The political hacks think they can re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic and we’ll believe they’ve done something to keep us from sinking. Oh they’ve done something alright. We would be in prison with Bernie Maddoff if we did this.

Spending cuts won’t start immediately and the really big cuts won’t start until 2013. In 18 months time the debt will rise to close to $US16 trillion or more, very few of the cuts will have been applied, if at all and the reality will be no change. The cuts are not there for the first couple of years, which really makes you wonder if they’re really going to happen at all.

This is a con job done by the very people that have gotten us where we are now. This isn’t about you or me, it’s all about them and our money.