Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the need for a balanced fiscal solution on CNN's "Starting Point" this morning. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“I think the senators that went obviously wanted to talk to the President about whether or not they could reach common ground on a lot of very important issues including most importantly a compromise that we could get this country on a fiscally sustainable path and have what we call a big deal... The mere fact of meeting, talking and discussing and the fact the senators came out and said it was a positive meeting is a good sign. But we need a lot more than that, of course - we need substance as well as discussion.”
“I think we have to come to grips with the fact that if you're going to solve the fiscal problem confronting us, the budget problems confronting us, getting this country on a stable path, it's got to be along the lines of all of these commissions have been - bipartisan, Simpson-Bowles, Domenici-Rivlin, the Gang of Six, which was six senators - saying you have to have a balanced way forward. That means you've got to cut spending, you've got to look both at discretionary spending, you've got to look entitlement spending but you also have to look at revenues. And if you put those together we can get to where we need to be.”