President Obama’s Democratic colleague Congressman Chris Van Hollen emphasizes in the statement below how serious the fiscal cliff crisis is to American families.
So…perhaps the President should reconsider his travel (see my 2:30pm posting) and stay in Washington and summon Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner to the White House to work out a solution.
Rep Van Hollen says the President (and the Dems) stand by to work on this solution — well, that is not so if anyone leaves town before it is resolved. That includes President Obama since this is a crisis and it requires the heads of the Senate and House and the President.
This is a year late already.
Read below (and read my 2:38pm posting) and tell me, should President Obama stay home and resolve this crisis or go to the East Asia Summit?
Van Hollen Statement on CBO Report on Economic Impact of Fiscal Cliff
Washington, DC – Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on the report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the Economic Impact of the Fiscal Cliff:
“Today’s CBO report underscores the need to prevent the so-called fiscal cliff from harming American families and businesses, and to instead enact a balanced, long-term deficit reduction plan. Every bipartisan group that has examined this issue has made clear that we must take a balanced approach that includes cuts to spending and cuts to tax breaks for millionaires and special interests that we can no longer afford. The President and Democrats stand ready to work with Republicans – the question facing the GOP is if they will listen to the American people and come to the table ready to compromise.”