Campaign 2010

Mar 03, 2013

QUICK CLIP: Chairman Israel Asks for Vote on Democratic Sequester Solution

On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel called on the Tea Party Congress to allow a vote on Democratic alternatives to the sequester that would provide a balanced approach of cutting spending and ending tax loopholes. Without it, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that the sequester will cost 750,000 jobs.


Chairman Israel said, “I don’t care whether you’re in a blue district, a red district, a purple district, you want a Congress that’s going to focus on solutions.[…] On this major economic issue we’re facing right now – sequestration – House Democrats have attempted on three separate occasions to try to get a vote on a solution that is based on compromise, that is fair and balanced, that continues to cut spending beyond what we’ve already agreed to cut – a trillion dollars – that cleans out our tax code and eliminates corporate tax loopholes for special interests, that reprioritizes. Look, I like Greg Walden a lot, we do a lot of work together, we share each other’s pains. My question to Greg is – at least in the spirit of comity and compromise – can we at least get a vote on our commonsense solutions? You can vote no, but at least give us a vote.”


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Israel continued, “Last Thursday, the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, spoke to the Republican caucus and said there will be no more negotiations, no more talks, not one corporate tax loophole will be considered as part of the sequester and the republican caucus cheered. Since when did we cheer for failure? Since when did we cheer against compromise? […]What the President needs is more conversation about compromise and less cheering for the lack of compromise.”


A full transcript is available here.