Congressman Rick Berg today released the following statement in response to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction's inability to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan:
"This is simply another example of just how broken Washington is. In North Dakota, we come together every other year, Republicans and Democrats, and make the tough choices necessary to put together a budget that spends less than we take in. We also think for the long-term and put away money for when times are tough. In North Dakota, this isn't politics--it's common sense. The Joint Select Committee's inability to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next ten years--when Washington is borrowing the same amount every year--emphasizes how real the problems in Washington are and underscores the need for real solutions to get our country back on track.
"We cannot allow the Joint Select Committee's inability to reach an agreement to stop our fight to get Washington's debt under control and our nation's economy back on track. We must continue to put pressure on President Obama and Congressional leaders to put the brakes on the out-of-control spending, tighten our belts, and make significant changes to the way Washington works so that our children and grandchildren are not left with a nation burdened with debt."