In response to an imminent deadline for "Super-Committee" members to reach agreement on a plan to balance the federal budget, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (MO-3) issued the following statement:
"I encourage all sides not to give up, to continue their work and come to an agreement so drastic cuts to vital defense and social programs, scheduled for January 2013, can be avoided.
"Though frustrating, this moment is an opportunity for members of Congress to show they get it -- that they are willing to pull together for the economic health of the country. We need a balanced plan for both new revenue and necessary cuts, and we need it now. I stand ready to work with anyone, any time they decide they're ready to come to the table."