Statement by Steve Bell on the House Blue Dog Coalition's New Debt Stabilization Principles

Mar 31, 2011, 14:04 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Steve Bell, Senior Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force, on the debt stabilization principles released by the Blue Dog Coalition in the House of Representatives yesterday:

"The Blue Dog Coalition should be commended for releasing its own set of benchmarks, Blue Dog Benchmarks for Fiscal Reform, to address the nation's looming debt crisis.  By including discretionary spending restraints, revenue raisers, and entitlement reform, their outline for action signals that meaningful reform requires everything to be on the table.

"This is a strong signal that Congress is coming closer to addressing this fiscal crisis, and this moderate group of lawmakers has shown that they are ready to negotiate and hammer out a deal.  There are no sacred cows in this process, and averting financial catastrophe requires compromise – even from faithful partisans.

"The Bipartisan Policy Center applauds the Blue Dog Coalition for its balanced approach to this fiscal challenge and remains optimistic that similar benchmarks will be agreed upon by the Senate 'Gang of Six' negotiators and other Members of Congress.  A comprehensive and bipartisan approach will be required to address the nation's rising debt and ensure America's leadership in the world."  

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