Heritage Action on McConnell Contingency Plan

Washington – Heritage Action for America’s CEO Michael A. Needham released the following statement in response to reports detailing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s debt ceiling contingency plan.

There is no question that the Obama administration is fundamentally unserious about the types of reforms our country needs, but to date Republicans in Congress have been expressing their intent to use the debt ceiling as a means to secure systemic reforms that could save our country from fiscal collapse.  The plan that we are reading reports about today is a serious walk back from that position and would seemingly trade the leverage needed to achieve reforms in return for political gains.

If Republicans in Congress believe they cannot strike a real deal with President Obama, they should begin making serious plans to live under the confines of a de facto balanced budget come August 2.

Please Share Your Thoughts
  • http://facebook Helen Hackett

    I think the (R) have been breathing in a stuff room too long. How crazy can you get——!!Only the House has the right to approve spending—why would you do something this crazy just to cover your own A_ _. “JUSt say NO”. If Geitner cuts off SS beneftis, he just cuts HIS own throat.

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  • William Paton

    I find it fascinating that the Republican leadership has suddenly decided to use the raising of the debt limit to push budget reform. Not that it isn’t needed, but they had no problem ignoring budget reform the five times they voted to raise the debt limit when Bush was President. It couldn’t possibly be party politics could it?

  • Jeffrey Kluge

    With all due respect, McConnell’s plan has the same smoke and mirrors rejected in the last election. The Republicans should lay out a specific plan that is meaningful, with real spending cuts now, no tax increase, and a balances budget amendment. Publish it, and tell Obama that’s the deal, take it or else. Then, at the same time, pass in Congress what payments will be made, in priority order, if Obama turns down the proposal and the ceiling is reached.

    What is so bloody difficult? The President shows he is not serious about spending cuts and the Republicans show we can and will live within our means, starting August 2nd, by doing what very family has to do…decide which bills get paid and what items we can no longer afford.

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  • tbano

    This is an excellent example of :
    1) why I will no longer contribute to the RNC as of today
    2) why am registering as an independent after 47 years as a registered Republican as of this week
    3) Republican negotiating skills … the 1st was the actual $523M budget cut (down sharply from the promised $100B)

    The POTUS is a very intelligent, strategic planner and good communicator. He requires the same from his opponents to consider them worthy of respect. Does he show Repubs respect?

    This may seem harsh but the Repubs seem to have no strategy to prevail, no communications plan, no fallback position and no political will … instead, it seems, they’ve worked overtime to co-op the new members.

    The Republicans, might have offered an incremental increase of the debit limit with spending concessions assuring time to make deficit spending a powerful election issue. Instead, they offer unprecedented power and fewer constraints to the POTUS and couch it as a win by “doing no harm”.

    Finally, the Repub cry is “we only have a third of the power, e.g., we’re ‘helpless’ “. I wonder how the Dems would fare if the roles were reversed?

    The embarrassing answer is self evident.

    And with this kind of non-vision, non-courage and non-leadership they they believe they can lead the Nation?

    May God help the USA.

  • Jane Reeves

    Would you please explain to me how the Senate is able to put in its ore on this? I was under the impression that this was a deal made in the House NOT the Senate. Really, we don’t have time to turn things around with the next election. I don’t see any hope. How is Heritage planning on dealing with this?

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