Sen. Carper, Colleagues Urge Super Committee to “Go Big” on Deficit Reduction Plan

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, joined dozens of his Democratic and Republican colleagues from both the Senate and the House of Representatives at a press conference to urge the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to “go big” in the deficit reduction package that it will submit to Congress later this fall.

“The clock is running out to enact a comprehensive, long-term deficit reduction plan that begins to rein in our massive federal debt and deficit without abandoning those who need help the most, while giving businesses more of the certainty they need to create jobs here at home,” said Sen. Carper. “The creation of the super committee gave Congress a rare second chance at correcting our budget woes and putting our nation on the path to fiscal responsibility. I urge my colleagues on the super committee to ‘go big,’ get the job done, and seize the day.”

Sen. Carper recently sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging the Committee’s members to include a number of legislative proposals that would reduce the deficit by curbing wasteful and inefficient spending in its proposal to Congress. The letter follows two earlier letters sent by Sen. Carper to the Committee, one with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) urging the adoption of their bipartisan line item veto legislation and the second with Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Okla.) urging the adoption of their bipartisan legislation to reduce waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid, the FAST Act.