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Support for Bowles-Simpson Growing: Senators

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Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

“Last year, I informed President Obama that I would not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless I saw substantial reductions in spending and structural changes in the way business is conducted in Washington, D.C. Nearly one year later, here we are again with the same request –- yet the President and Congress have failed to put forward a long-term plan to address our growing fiscal crisis. The recommendations put forward by the Bowles-Simpson Commission represent a good starting point and should be seriously considered by Congress. Given the bipartisan support for many of their proposals, I am disappointed their recommendations continue to be ignored."
Press Release – 1/26/12


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

“In the year that I have been in Washington, only the Bowles-Simpson proposal has generated bipartisan support in both houses of Congress. While the Bowles-Simpson framework may not be perfect, it is the only proposal I have seen that provides pro-growth tax reform and long-term entitlement reform, while cutting our national debt. In that spirit, if the super committee fails, I respectfully ask that you help us prove to the American people that we can still do our job at this critical juncture. I urge you to give the entire Congress a vote on the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson Fiscal Commission.”
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)

"Without at least a $1.2 trillion package of spending cuts, reforms to entitlement programs and simplification of the tax code, the US faces further credit rating downgrades, increased market volatility, and further lack of confidence in Congress," Senator Kirk said. "If the Super Committee fails to act, Congressional leaders should schedule a vote on the Bowles-Simpson proposal immediately. While neither Democrats nor Republicans fully support the proposal, it reforms the tax code and our entitlement programs in a balanced way, protecting both seniors and a pro-growth economy, while cutting our national debt. The American people sent us to Washington to work together and find solutions, not to kick the can to further generations. Voting on the Bowles-Simpson recommendations will hold Washington accountable."
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)

“To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement. The bipartisan panel of 12 of my House and Senate colleagues, informally known as the Super Committee, had several months to put forward a plan to reduce our nations escalating deficits by at least $1.2 trillion. They had the chance to go big and make real progress in reducing our long-term debt by even more than the $1.2 trillion threshold an approach that has been my preference for some time now. And they had a good road map on how to get there with the work of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chaired by former Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming and President Clinton's former Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles. . . . . Despite this latest setback I refuse to give up. Getting our debt and deficit under control is critical for the well-being of our nation and economy and I will continue to encourage my colleagues and President Obama to keep working to find an agreement on a robust, balanced, and effective deficit reduction package.”
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)

"As one of the small group of senators who pushed two years ago to create what became the Bowles-Simpson Commission on debt and deficit reduction, I'm urging Congress to vote on the Bowles-Simpson plan. It's a balanced proposal that will make tough spending cuts, raise some new revenues, shore up Medicare and Social Security and get our nation's economy back on track."
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

"Today I call on President Obama to embrace the Bowles-Simpson plan. I also urge the Democratic leadership in the Senate and Republican leadership in the House to bring the Commission report up for a vote.”
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

“The President and Congress should now work together on a pro-growth plan to cut the debt by $4 trillion: close tax loopholes, lower tax rates, raise revenues, and save Social Security and Medicare so seniors and future generations can rely on them. The Simpson-Bowles Commission, the Domenici-Rivlin plan, and the Gang of Six proposal all offer bipartisan blueprints for how to do this.”
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)

“Today’s announcement that the Super Committee has failed to reach a bipartisan agreement is not the end of the road. The solutions are out there to address our $15 trillion debt and I am ready to vote on them. The Simpson-Bowles Commission, the Gang of Six, and the Domenici-Rivlin plans all show us that bipartisan solutions are possible.”
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

“I believe a majority of the U.S. Senate would support a deficit reduction plan of $4 trillion that includes spending cuts and increased revenues. This is my idea of balance, fairness and pragmatism. It would be my hope that a bold and balanced plan, such as the ‘Gang of Six’ initiative, is put on the floor and given a vote. To do nothing and let sequestration occur in 2013 is unacceptable and an abdication of responsibility by this Congress.”
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)

"Ignoring our ballooning debt crisis will not make it go away. I've been encouraged with the work done by the Senate's Gang of Six and I will redouble my efforts to help them in any way possible. If we don't get a deficit reduction plan to floor of the Senate soon the consequences will affect not only job creation but shake the foundations of our economy. It's time to get our fiscal house in order."
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

“While the Select Committee was unable to achieve a compromise, there remain serious bipartisan proposals on the table such as Simpson-Bowles, Gang of 6 and the Rivlin/Domenici plans. None of the three bipartisan debt reduction plans is perfect but they are all fair and effective and therefore better than doing nothing and allowing the sequester to go into effect. I, for one, would vote for any one of the three plans today. Now is the time for a bipartisan rebellion of members of Congress to come together and pass a comprehensive deficit reduction plan. Let's put it to a vote on the Senate floor before the end of this year, and show that elected officials in Washington are capable of protecting the economic future of the American people.”
Press Release – 11/21/11


Sen. James Risch (R-ID)

"The result now will be across-the-board spending cuts that will slash programs indiscriminately, and not go far enough to put the federal government on a 'glide path' to real deficit reduction, [Risch] said. Risch said he would prefer almost any other course, including the deficit reduction blueprint offered by fellow Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo and his colleagues on the bipartisan Gang of Six."
Idaho Statesman – 11/21/11


Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

"We have a good chance of actually getting the big package, big deficit reduction in 2012 . . . . We have a really good chance, basically along the broad outlines of Simpson-Bowles."
Meet the Press – 11/27/11