AZ, IN, LA, MN, UT and VA Join 17 States in Call for Fiscal Sanity
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Campaign to Fix the Debt, a national nonpartisan coalition of more than 340,000 business leaders, local officials, community leaders and concerned citizens, announced it will launch in six new states this week. The new chapters will be in Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Utah and Virginia, bringing the total number of state chapters to 23. On the heels of the recent deal forged by Congress and the White House to prevent massive middle-class tax hikes, concerned citizens across the country are calling on federal lawmakers to work together to forge a comprehensive agreement to bend down the unsustainable trajectory of our national debt.
"We are excited about the groundswell of support the Campaign has been receiving across the country," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head the Campaign to Fix the Debt. "In order to put our debt on a sustainable path, elected officials are going to have to make tough choices. These choices will be made easier if they know that the people they represent do indeed value cooperation and demand a long-term, comprehensive agreement over our debt."
The new chapters represent the breadth of support that the Campaign is receiving from Americans from all walks of life – supporters who are all are committed to a bipartisan solution to stabilize and bring down the national debt as a share of the economy.
Though Congress and the White House narrowly avoided going over the "fiscal cliff" by coming to an agreement on taxes and postponing the sequestration cuts, there is still work to be done to responsibly reduce the deficit and ensure the financial health of the nation. If a deal is not reached, sequestration cuts would leave hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work and slash funding for necessary programs. Furthermore, many experts believe sequestration cuts could plunge the United States back into a recession.
Through grassroots organizing, earned media activities and high-profile outreach by the 23 Fix the Debt state chapters and beyond, the Campaign to Fix the Debt is urging lawmakers to set aside political differences to formulate practical solutions to our nation's debt problems.
For more information, and to sign the campaign's Citizen's Petition, please visit www.fixthedebt.org.
SOURCE Campaign to Fix the Debt