WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on fiscal responsibility measures being worked on by Democrats, as the Congressional Budget Office released their 10-year budgetary outlook this morning and Republicans defeated the Conrad-Gregg commission amendment in the Senate this afternoon:
“It’s unfortunate that a majority of Senate Republicans chose to block an attempt today to create a bipartisan fiscal commission that would set a long-term path to a balanced budget.
“This vote is more remarkable considering the CBO released a report today that shows we are continuing to confront the large deficits that we inherited from Republicans.
“Democrats are taking action to bring those deficits down, including expected adoption of statutory paygo, and a proposal from the President to freeze non-defense discretionary spending. So far, Republicans have chosen not to work with us in our efforts to reduce the deficit. I regret that, and I hope that Republicans see these as areas where they can change course and start to work with us on an issue of vital importance to the American people.”