Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) released the following statement Wednesday following President Obama speech on America's debt:
"While I'm pleased to see President Obama following the lead of Chairman Ryan and House Republicans in recognizing the necessity of tackling America's enormous debt burden, I was befuddled by the fact that his speech largely avoided any mention of the biggest drivers of our debt. Any deficit reduction plan that does not feature ways to save Medicare and Medicaid cannot be considered a credible plan. If we don't save these critical programs now, America will face a paralyzing debt crisis in short order.
"The president's speech today was an attempt at a mulligan for the unacceptable budget he released two months ago. This time around, the president whiffed yet again by failing to address the issues central to getting America back on sound financial footing. Job crushing taxes is not going to get the job done. We must face our fiscal challenges head on, and House Republicans are doing that."