Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released the following statement as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the "Super Committee," meets before the impending November 23rd deadline:
"The goal of the Super Committee is simple, reign in wasteful Washington spending and start chipping away at our nation's $15 trillion debt, so that our children and grandchildren will have the same economic opportunities we did," said Aderholt. "Sadly, it looks like that will not happen. Failure by the Super Committee to reach an agreement will be a clear indication of the continued stalemate in Washington and further evidence some Democrats still do not recognize Washington does not have a revenue problem, Washington has a spending problem."
"While Democrats may blame the failure of the Super Committee on Conservatives unwillingness to raise taxes, the dismal unemployment numbers and failed bailouts and stimulus of the past three years are clear proof we must put an end to Washington's revolving door of debt, by cutting spending. Our economy is finally showing faint signs of economic recovery, we must capitalize on that momentum. Although there will be disappointment and concern if an agreement is unable to be reached, I am proud my colleagues continue to stand their ground and are fighting to not raise taxes on hardworking Alabama families and small businesses."
"In the past three years alone, the national debt has increased a staggering 34 percent, under the current Administration. The federal government cannot continue borrowing 42 cents of every dollar spent and expect our economy to turn around. And although it is clear House Republicans may not be able to undo all the damage done, including the many burdensome regulatory and job crushing policies put in place by the Administration over the last three years, I can assure you that House Republican continue to fight tirelessly to try reverse these burdensome regulations and put forth pro-active policies that promote economic growth and private-sector job creation."
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.