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Simpson, 99 other reps want SuperCommittee to ‘go big’ on deficit reduction

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., say they want the “Super Committee” working on national deficit reduction to “Go big,” and they've got a bipartisan group of 100 lawmakers standing with them. The two unveiled a letter to the Super Committee and the names of its 100 signers at a Washington, D.C. press conference today; they want everything on the table in deficit reduction talks – including both increased revenues and cuts in entitlement programs – and they want the goal to be closer to $4 trillion in cuts over a decade, rather than the $1.2 trillion target the panel is required to propose by Nov. 23.

Simpson said, “This letter is signed by conservative, moderate, and liberal members of the House, and while their political philosophies may differ, they all understand the urgency that our national debt crisis represents. They understand that the Super Committee represents our best, and possibly only, chance to make the real reforms needed to return our country to fiscal health.” Click below to read his announcement, along with the full letter and list of signers; you can read a full report here from AP reporter Alan Fram in Washington, D.C.
  


 

News from Rep. Mike Simpson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 2, 2011

 

Members to Super Committee: GO BIG

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Heath Shuler (D-NC) are leading a 100-Member strong bipartisan effort to send a simple but important message to the Joint Select Committee on the Deficit Reduction, known as the Super Committee: Go Big. The 100 bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to the Super Committee with the simple and direct message that everything should be on the table and the goal should be closer to $4 trillion rather than the $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction required under the Budget Control Act.

 

This letter is signed by conservative, moderate, and liberal members of the House, and while their political philosophies may differ, they all understand the urgency that our national debt crisis represents.  They understand that the Super Committee represents our best, and possibly only, chance to make the real reforms needed to return our country to fiscal health,” said Simpson. “I commend Representative Shuler for his tireless efforts to gather support for this letter. Heath understands that this is the time to act, and the respect he has among his colleagues and his ability to build consensus have made him a crucial partner in this important effort.”

 

I am so proud of all of my colleagues who signed this letter for their courage to put country before political parties and do what is right for the fiscal future of our nation,” said Rep. Shuler (D-NC). “Many believed the House could never come together to provide the real solutions and leadership our nation needs to get on a fiscally sustainable path. We are here today to show that we can. I applaud Representative Simpson for his hard work and steadfast determination to make this bipartisan effort successful. He is a visionary leader and true statesman, and we need more people like him in Congress.”

 

The text of the letter is as follows:

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Jeb Hensarling                                    The Honorable Patty Murray

Co-Chair, Joint Select Committee on                         Co-Chair, Joint Select Committee on

Deficit Reduction                                                       Deficit Reduction

129 Cannon House Office Building                           448 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20510

 

 

Dear Congressman Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction,

 

We write to you as a bipartisan group of representatives from across the political spectrum in the belief that the success of your committee is vital to our country’s future.  We know that many in Washington and around the country do not believe we in the Congress and those within your committee can successfully meet this challenge.  We believe that we can and we must.

 

To succeed, all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table.  In addition, we know from other bipartisan frameworks that a target of some $4 trillion in deficit reduction is necessary to stabilize our debt as a share of the economy and assure America’s fiscal well-being.

 

Our country needs our honest, bipartisan judgment and our political courage.  Your committee has been given a unique opportunity and authority to act.  We are prepared to support you in this effort.

 

Sincerely,

 

 


  

1.      Andrews (D-NJ)

2.      Barrow (D-GA)

3.      Bass (R-NH)

4.      Bishop, Tim (D-NY)

5.      Boren (D-OK)

6.      Boswell (D-IA)

7.      Cardoza (D-CA)

8.      Carney (D-DE)

9.      Carter, John (R-TX)

10.  Castor (D-FL)

11.  Chandler (D-KY)

12.  Cleaver (D-MO)

13.  Coble (R-NC)

14.  Cole (R-OK)

15.  Connolly (D-VA)

16.  Cooper (D-TN)

17.  Costa (D-CA)

18.  Crenshaw (R-FL)

19.  Cuellar (D-TX)

20.  Davis (D-IL)

21.  DeFazio (D-OR)

22.  DeGette (D-CO)

23.  Dent (R-PA)

24.  Dicks (D-WA)

25.  Dold (R-IL)

26.  Duncan (R-TN)

27.  Emerson (R-MO)

28.  Fattah (D-PA)

29.  Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

30.  Fortenberry (R-NE)

31.  Garamendi (D-CA)

32.  Gosar (R-AZ)

33.  Grimm (R-NY)

34.  Hanna (R-NY)

35.  Harper (R-MS)

36.  Higgins (D-NY)

37.  Himes (D-CT)

38.  Hoyer (D-MD)

39.  Kelly, Mike (R-PA)

40.  Kildee (D-MI)

41.  Kind (D-WI)

42.  King, Peter (R-NY)

43.  Kingston (R-GA)

44.  Larsen (D-WA)

45.  Larson (D-CT)

46.  LaTourette (R-OH)

47.  Lipinski (D-IL)

48.  Loebsack (D-IA)

49.  Long (R-MO)

50.  Lummis (R-WY)

51.  Maloney (D-NY)

52.  Marino (R-PA)

53.  Matheson (D-UT)

54.  McIntyre (D-NC)

55.  McKinley (R-WV)

56.  Meehan (R-PA) 

57.  Meeks (D-NY)

58.  Moran (D-VA)

59.  Nunes (R-CA)

60.  Owens (D-NY)

61.  Pascrell (D-NJ)

62.  Paul, Ron (R-TX)

63.  Perlmutter (D-CO)

64.  Peters (D-MI)

65.  Peterson (D-MN)

66.  Petri (R-WI)

67.  Pingree (D-ME)

68.  Platts (R-PA)

69.  Polis (D-CO)

70.  Price, David (D-NC)

71.  Quigley (D-IL)

72.  Rahall (D-WV)

73.  Reed, Tom (R-NY)

74.  Ribble (R-WI)

75.  Roe (R-TN)

76.  Rooney (R-FL)

77.  Ross, Mike (D-AR)

78.  Rothman (D-NJ)

79.  Ruppersberger (D-MD)

80.  Schiff (D-CA)

81.  Schrader (D-OR)

82.  Schwartz (D-PA)

83.  Sewell (D-AL)

84.  Shuler (D-NC)

85.  Simpson (R-ID)

86.  Smith, Adam (D-WA)

87.  Stutzman (R-IN)

88.  Sullivan (R-OK)

89.  Terry (R-NE)

90.  Thompson, Mike (D-CA)

91.  Tsongas (D-MA)

92.  Turner, Bob (R-NY)

93.  Visclosky (D-IN)

94.  Walz (D-MN)

95.  Watt (D-NC)

96.  Welch (D-VT)

97.  Whitfield (R-KY)

98.  Wolf (R-VA)

99.  Yarmuth (D-KY)

100.Young (R-AK)


  

 

 

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