Cooper, New Democrat Coalition: We're Ready to Deal

Press Release

By:  Rick Larsen Jim Cooper Jim Himes Gerry Connolly Allyson Schwartz
Date: Nov. 15, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Today, at this critical juncture for our nation, in the midst of a fragile economic recovery, New Democrat Coalition Chair Ron Kind (WI-03), Vice Chairs Representatives Jim Himes (CT-04), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) and other New Dem Members are reaching out to President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to work with them to secure agreement on a plan for the fiscal well-being of our economy.

"We must act now. As the largest group of moderates in Congress, we are the key to bridging the gap between Republicans and Democrats. We stand by the President in support of a balanced deal that averts severe economic consequences, and we do not support calls to delay or put off the difficult decisions that are necessary for the fiscal well being of our nation. We believe everything should be put on the table--an open discussion about spending cuts and revenue. The time is now."

Earlier today, Members of the coalition and Members-Elect sent a letter urging President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and Democratic Leader Pelosi of the important role their coalition will play in reaching a comprehensive deal.

"Our coalition will work with you to secure agreement on a plan of significance. Now is the time to act. Americans are ready for pragmatic solutions to address our pressing fiscal issuesÂ… Congress has a responsibility to address the fiscal situation in a way that inspires confidence in the markets and avoids further damage to our credit. That means being deliberative, responsible, and thoughtful about any short-term spending cuts that could adversely affect economic growth and job creation. We cannot have a full debate that allows us to address the multitude of issues facing our country if either side takes a potential solution off the table," Members stated in the letter.