Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA32, released the following statement today after the Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jeb Hensarling, announced that the committee did not reach a bipartisan agreement:
"I am not surprised that the Super Committee did not work. Twelve members of Congress were asked to change the face of our American government behind closed doors, without transparency and without the participation of the American people.
"Polls show that Americans want a balanced agreement with both spending cuts and tax increases. It is extremely unfortunate that the Republicans continue to put the interests of the richest 1 percent of Americans ahead of our middle class and working families. Apparently for the GOP, keeping tax cuts in place for those making more than $1 million a year is more important than the long-term fiscal health and wellbeing of our nation.
"I commend the Democratic members of the Committee, Reps. Clyburn, Becerra and Van Hollen, for championing a big, bold and balanced plan that included a jobs component and guaranteed Medicare coverage, and I know that our party will continue to fight for a broad solution that will balance cuts with revenue increases, protect benefits for our seniors, poor and disabled, and put our nation's fiscal house in order."