Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement regarding President Obama's deficit reduction plan:
"I applaud President Obama's balanced deficit reduction plan and urge Congress to take action on it immediately. As the President has said, when everyone pays his or her fair share, we can live within our means while making smart investments in our future. I strongly support the President's insistence that we eliminate loopholes that allow millionaires and billionaires to pay a smaller percentage of their income to taxes than middle class families. This plan pays for the President's ambitious jobs agenda while also significantly cutting the deficit. Despite the heated rhetoric in Washington these days, I urge Congress to put aside the partisan bickering and focus on passing this balanced plan quickly."