The Franklin News-Post|
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, January 11, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
While Robert Hurt voted against the "fiscal cliff" deal, the congressman says he is determined to address the country's "spending crisis" in a meaningful way.
"While I was pleased that the Senate finally offered a proposal of its own to address this crisis, I was disappointed that our colleagues in the Senate waited until the last minute and sent us a proposal that does not address our spending problem," Hurt said.
"The Senate fiscal cliff plan, which again delayed the deadline for Congress to achieve deficit reduction, is just another demonstration of irresponsible philosophy," he added. "This 'tax now, cut later' status quo in Washington simply cannot continue if we wish to preserve the America we know for those who will come after us."
The Senate plan makes virtually no spending cuts, it only adds to the more than $16 trillion national debt, Hurt said.
"And, what concerns me most is, that at a time when our debt exceeds the size of our entire economy, this legislation proposes billions of dollars in new spending -- a solemn indication that many in Washington are not taking our fiscal crisis seriously," he added.
"For years, members of both parties have chosen the politically expedient course over what is in the best interest of our nation -- casting aside meaningful proposals for deficit reduction and carrying our nation further along on a careless spending binge," Hurt said.
"As we begin a new Congress, I maintain my commitment to working on behalf of Virginia's Fifth District, with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to change business as usual in Washington and make the difficult choices necessary to restore our nation to fiscal sustainability," Hurt said.