|Rep. James D. Jordan (R.-Ohio)|
The chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) called out the president for his willful neglect of the process in the wake of the failure of the Super Committee to present a deficit reduction plan before the November 23 deadline.
“Though President Obama acknowledged that entitlement programs are some of the biggest drivers of our debt, he has failed to show any leadership in trying to save them,” said. Rep. James D. Jordan (R.-Ohio), whose committee is made up of conservative Republican congressmen.
But, the reality was business as usual, he said.
“Predictably, the tax-and-spend Democrats on the Joint Select Committee fell in line right behind him. Their failure of leadership could doom these important safety net programs,” he said.
Jordan’s remarks were echoed by J. Christopher “Chris” Chocola, the president of the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative political action committee that is active in GOP primaries as well as general elections.
“Super Committee Democrats proved themselves unserious about solving our nation’s problems,” he said. “They never put a plan on the table that did not include massive, job-killing tax increases and they failed to offer any kind of meaningful spending cuts.”
Chocola, a former Republican congressman from Indiana, said he had hoped there would be a bipartisan solution.
“The Democrats fought for the status quo and because of their unwillingness to tackle entitlements and embrace pro-growth tax reform, America has taken another step closer towards a Greece-like economy. That’s a path we can’t afford to continue down,” he said.
Jordan said the House GOP leadership worked hard to get something done.
“I want to thank our Republican leadership for holding the line on taxes. Higher taxes do not create jobs – they only serve to feed Washington’s insatiable appetite to spend,” he said.
The Buckeye State congressman said he was also grateful to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R.-Texas), who served as a co-chairman of the Super Committee, the official name of which is the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The committee was tasked with reducing the deficit by a minimum of $1.2 trillion in the 10 years from Fiscal Years 2013 through 2023.
In his own November 21 statement, Hensarling said, “Despite our inability to bridge the committee’s significant differences, we end this process united in our belief that the nation’s fiscal crisis must be addressed and that we cannot leave it for the next generation to solve.”
A vocal member of the RSC, Rep. Joseph Walsh (R.-Ill.) said, “I want to stop kicking the can down the road and find real solutions to these problems.”
Walsh said he was not impressed with the Super Committee experiment.
“The entire concept of a Super Committee has proven to be a disaster and complete waste of time. I, along with 21 other Republicans, voted against every single attempt to form the now failed Super Committee,” he said.
Jordan said the RSC has worked to provide constructive solutions to the federal government’s budget crisis before, during and after the life of the Super Committee.
“Throughout the year, the Republican Study Committee has offered solutions to address the debt crisis, including the Cut, Cap and Balance plan that passed the House with bipartisan support. But instead of a solution, Washington wanted a deal, and thus the Super Committee was created,” he said.