Concerned Lawmakers Tell Super Committee to Go Big
Bipartisan group sends letter to colleagues
- Duration 4:08
- Date Nov 8, 2011
Bipartisan group sends letter to colleagues
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Everything bipartisan group of 100 lawmakers sending a message the super committee that messages go being.
They say the committee should aim for four trillion dollars in deficit reduction.
And not one point two trillion to with a man who signed that letter with me now New York congressman Michael -- -- a member of the house financial services committee.
Tennessee congressman Jim Cooper Democrat and member the oversight and Government Reform Committee gentlemen it's an honor to have both that you.
Good morning to you good morning mr.
-- mark -- white to sign the letter what was the message that.
Well I think it's the reason I was elected to congress.
The people who.
On both sides of the aisle want us to deal with this debt and admiral Mullen even said that this is the number one.
Problem for the United States number one threat is this this is unbelievable burden of debt so I think that we have to.
Have to answer the call the people and step up and and do what needs to be done but I've realized in my ten months the only way we're gonna do this is by working together.
So with sit down -- table with the politics aside let's put our country first and misty were debt problem.
You know mr.
Cooper you said you're hoping for a miracle.
It is it that dire.
Or trying to give the super committee a backbone and I'm proud to work with my friends across the aisle to try to do that.
We've got to face the debt problem my colleague is exactly right.
It's been festering for a long long time now's the time for the super committee to take bold action and should be a four trillion dollar solution just to stabilize the problem.
Looking for -- Senator Schumer was asked about this I don't know if you heard it but I'll play -- in -- book about.
You don't do any revenues you won't get the grand bargain that gets the deficit down just as if you didn't do spending you couldn't come to a grand bargain that gets the deficit down.
What what he's saying is that if you don't get a deal you can blame Republicans mr.
Well again I you know I think that's the partisan rhetoric that's that's not.
Furthering precisely what you just said you don't need -- that's -- that's what is not quite what is your event as a senator Schumer.
Very simple -- would stop the rhetoric would sit down I will talk about anything I'm not a Green.
For any specific provision.
What I'm saying is let's put every single thing on the -- have an open and honest discussion without cameras without partisan rhetoric.
And let's put our country first I've done that I've been in combat have been in on the coverage of for the FBI put my country first many times it's not that -- to do.
It's it's just about sitting down and seeing what's more important reelection or our country and I think that everyone that signed this letter.
Is saying that that we are willing to put the country first and we know that this is that this is a huge problem we have to deal -- -- mr.
Cooper if this spells do you blame Republicans like senator Schumer.
Bill is very important to read the letter and mr.
Graham has signed a letter that calls for revenues so he's for bodily from New York he actually agrees with -- more than he's admitting on television here.
It's important that we not fight over these issues though that we.
Incorrigible solution and a -- solution really have everything on the table should be a balanced approach -- everything on the table.
We've got to come up with something a -- only a few days left otherwise the country will suffer.
-- let's put our partisanship aside let's focus on the real issues that should be spending cuts that are huge and predominant.
They should also be some revenues we can do this we must do this and we only have till November 23 to get it done.
Mister -- do you want to respond -- that.
Well where I do disagree with senator Schumer is about pointing fingers at all that there is likely to respond to mr.
Cooper here says that you're.
Talking to different ways.
No I don't think we're talking two different ways of all I think that everything should be on the table so that we we can at least have the conversation.
It doesn't mean that I'm asking.
My colleague mr.
-- for anyone to agree with my position when I'm saying is let's at least have the honest discussion.
Without the rhetoric of politics and not the optics of politics I think the American people are calling for about we'll see what exactly get a feel that's why I was elected.
Are grim thank you congressman Cooper thanks to you was well -- -- -- ways -- do this we'll see whether or not the next sixty days it happens that way thanks to both you gentlemen.
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