Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction held their first hearing:
“Today the Joint Select Committee begins its critical task of putting our nation back on a fiscally sustainable path. It is imperative that the Committee succeed in reaching an agreement so that we can give Americans, businesses, and the international community confidence in our economy and our ability to come together and address the challenges we face. I believe they should strive for the biggest agreement possible. It should be balanced and ensure that everyone pays their fair share, rather than putting the entire burden of balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class and seniors.
“At the same time, we must also remain focused on job creation. Previous fiscal commissions have clearly stated that we must act in the short-term to grow the economy, while bringing the deficit down over the long-term. Putting Americans back to work and strengthening our economy is one of the most important things we can do to help bring down the deficit. That is why I hope Republicans will bring the American Jobs Act to the Floor for a vote as soon as possible.”