Thursday letters: Congress needs to address debt

November 7, 2013 

20090119 Money drain


As part of the deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, the House and Senate agreed to appoint members to a bicameral conference committee with the goal of developing a budget blueprint by Dec. 13.

Our very own Congressman Jim Clyburn is a member of the conference committee. Recently, I traveled to Washington to meet with Rep. Clyburn, Rep. Joe Wilson and the office of Sen. Tim Scott, as a member of the Campaign to Fix the Debt (, a national, nonpartisan movement to get our nation’s fiscal house in order. Much of the political brinksmanship and gridlock we’ve seen in recent months could have been avoided if we had a budget in place.

I stressed the importance of working in a bipartisan way to reach a budget agreement that puts our long-term national debt on a downward path. This will add certainty to the markets, which businesses need to invest and grow, trim the enormous credit-card bill future generations will inherit and help restore much-needed confidence in our government.

Lir Derieg


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