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Letter to Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Mike Michaud has sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to convene a bicameral, bipartisan committee tasked with developing a plan to reduce our deficit and avoid sequestration.

"The end of the year is fast approaching and time is running out for Congress to put our country on a sustainable fiscal path before across-the-board spending cuts occur," wrote Michaud. "We cannot shirk our duties anymore. It is Congress' responsibility to act on behalf of the taxpayers and establish a long-term, viable solution for deficit reduction. Issues of this magnitude cannot be put off any longer."

The full text of Michaud's letter can be found below.

Dear Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi:

I write to request that you convene a bicameral, bipartisan committee tasked with developing a plan to reduce our deficit and avoid sequestration. The end of the year is fast approaching and time is running out for Congress to put our country on a sustainable fiscal path before across-the-board spending cuts occur.

I voted for the Budget Control Act last August, not because it was the perfect solution, but because it mandated that Congress work on a long-term deficit reduction plan or else face sequestration. I had high hopes that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction would produce a bipartisan compromise, and I was extremely disappointed when they ended their negotiations with no result.

Now, more than half a year later, we are no closer to solving our deficit problem than we were last summer. We cannot shirk our duties anymore. It is Congress' responsibility to act on behalf of the taxpayers and establish a long-term, viable solution for deficit reduction. Issues of this magnitude cannot be put off any longer.

I urge you to form another bicameral, bipartisan committee comprised of Members known for working across the aisle and to give them broad authority to negotiate a far-reaching solution to our deficit crisis that balances changes to our revenue streams with spending cuts and puts us on a sustainable fiscal path before it is too late.

Sincerely,

Mike Michaud
Member of Congress


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