Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Vice Chairman of the House Budget Committee and Chairman of the Budget and Spending Task Force for the Republican Study Committee (RSC), issued the following statement today after President Obama unveiled his deficit reduction plan:
"Rather than take serious the fiscal challenges facing our country, President Obama chose to play political games today by pandering to his base and threatening those that disagree with his proposals. Furthermore, he didn't even offer a credible plan to bring down our deficit and debt. Not only does he want to raise taxes on American job creators during an economic downturn, but his so-called deficit reduction "plan' doesn't even address the true drivers of our debt.
"It's become obvious to me the president is not committed to making the tough choices necessary to reverse our country's race towards bankruptcy. His veto threat proves that he is more interested in scoring political points than he is in working on a solution to the problem. The only way we will be successful in confronting this crisis is if House Republicans have a partner ready and willing to work in good faith. The president made clear today he has no interest in being that partner."