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Senate GOP Argues For Cut, Cap, And Balance; McConnell: “Another Virtue: …It Doesn’t Raise Taxes”

As the Senate begins debate on the House-passed Cut, Cap, and Balance bill today, Senate Republicans are calling on Democrats to follow through on their past statements in support of cutting spending, capping spending, and balancing the budget by supporting the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill.


Speaking on the floor this morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said, “This means that Senators will now have the opportunity to go on record either in support of balancing our books or against it. This is an opportunity to take a stand. It’s an opportunity to say that a government which borrows more than 40 cents for every dollar it spends is not sustainable, and needs to change its ways. It’s an opportunity to stand with those who believe that Washington needs to heal its addiction to spending now, not make more false promises of spending restraint later. The President’s veto threat on this legislation is telling. Many of us learned a long time ago to pay more attention to what this President does than what he says. And anyone who’s witnessed his reckless spending habits over the past two and a half years, or sat across the negotiating table with him over the past few weeks, could be forgiven for being skeptical of his recent attempts to come across as a fiscal moderate. I’ll just say this: There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this President is as deeply committed to a government we can’t afford as he was on Inauguration Day.”


Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Thune added, “If in fact we fail to act to get spending and debt under control and to put us on a sustainable fiscal course, the next generation is going to pay a powerful price for our irresponsibility. And I would submit again to my colleagues, Mr. President, that this is fundamentally a spending issue. A lot of folks have talked about the need for more revenue. The president talks about wanting more revenue. . . . Many of us believe . . .  that we don’t have to raise taxes on the American people or American small businesses to solve what is inherently and fundamentally a spending problem. Now, if we want to balance our budget, it means we’ve got to get spending under control.”


And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) argued, “I have watched the president give press conferences, I have watched the president give speeches, but I have yet to see a plan from the president. And with all due respect to my colleagues in the other party here in the Senate, I haven’t seen a plan from them either. They are the majority party; they control this chamber. They control the Senate. And I haven’t seen a plan from them. A moment ago we heard this talk of, ‘We have to compromise’—it’s really hard to compromise when the other side doesn’t have a plan. What do you compromise on? . . . You can’t compromise if only one person is offering plans. There is only one plan that has been voted on by any house to deal with this issue, and it’s the one we’re on right now: Cut, Cap and Balance.”


Sen. Rubio challenged Democrats, saying, “Why don’t you vote to proceed to Cut, Cap and Balance? Proceed to this bill so we could have a debate on this bill and so you could offer your ideas on this bill. This is the perfect opportunity to do it. Let’s stop negotiating in the media and through press conferences and start doing it here on this floor, which is what people sent us here to do. And I hope that that’s what will happen.”


As Leader McConnell said, “Cut, Cap, and Balance cuts spending now, caps it in the future, and only raises the debt limit if it’s accompanied by a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. This is what America wants. It’s what Washington needs. All we need is 20 Democrats to join us. At least 23 of them have led their constituents to believe they’d fight for a balanced budget amendment. The White House has called for a balanced approach in this debate. This bill doesn’t just suggest balance. It mandates it. So I strongly urge my Democratic friends to join us in supporting this legislation.”


He continued, “Let me just note in closing another virtue of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan: it doesn’t raise taxes. . . . The reason we’ve got a debt crisis is that government spends every cent it gets — and then some. Sending Washington more money will not solve that problem, it will enable it. Our tax system isn’t perfect. But until Washington can prove that it’s responsible with our tax dollars, we shouldn’t be sending it more of them. This is why Republicans have focused on cuts in this debate, and that’s why every one of us — Democrat and Republican — should support Cut, Cap, and Balance.”

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About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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