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Letter to Co-Chairs Bowles and Simpson


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) sent a letter to the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, expressing his strong support for a bipartisan plan to put the United States back on a path to fiscal sustainability.

"Our nation needs to get its fiscal house in order. The American people deserve a Congress that is willing to make the tough and responsible choices to provide for our long-term fiscal stability," said Rep. Murphy. "I stand ready to work with the President's bipartisan fiscal commission, and know that their success is vital to putting us back on the path to fiscal sanity."

Recently, Congressman Murphy voted against House Democrats budget enforcement resolution, instead calling on Leadership to once again put forth a fiscally responsible budget. In May, Congressman Murphy sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging her to put forward a budget with an overall reduction in spending over the next three years, followed by a freeze thereafter.

"Like so many families and small businesses in Upstate New York, our nation is facing serious fiscal issues. We face tremendous economic challenges that threaten both our current economy, and long-term financial stability. We need to start making the tough choices to get our nation back on track, and we need a real budget to do that."

Congressman Murphy sent the letter to the Commission along with other members of the Fiscal Working Group, including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Representatives Melissa Bean, Tim Bishop, Allen Boyd, Gerry Connolly, Jim Cooper, Debbie Halvorson, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, Baron Hill, Jim Himes, Ann Kirkpatrick, Gary Peters, David Price, Kurt Schrader, Adam Smith, Niki Tsongas and Peter Welch.

Congressman Murphy, along with members of the New Democrat Coalition, met with the commission this week. A picture of Murphy with Commission Co-Chair Erskine Bowles can be viewed here.

Since being elected to Congress more than a year ago, Congressman Murphy has established a strong record of fiscal responsibility. As a small businessman, he fought to reinstate Pay-as-You-Go laws and eliminate waste in government, in order to address the nation's growing debt and deficit. Murphy is a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and New Democrat coalitions in Congress.

The letter is below:

Dear Co-Chairs Bowles and Simpson:

We are writing to express our strong support for the work of the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to develop a bipartisan plan to put the United States back on a fiscally sustainable path, while continuing the necessary investments in our safety net and job creation programs so critical to restoring strong economic growth. We look forward to working with you to help you succeed in your vitally important task of developing a comprehensive plan for fiscal sustainability.

America's mounting debt poses a threat to our prosperity and role in the world that needs to be addressed. The government is projected to run large, chronic deficits even after the economy fully recovers. We need to begin taking steps now to put in place policies to restore fiscal balance that will begin to take effect as the economy embarks on a sustainable recovery.

As you know, the leaders in the House and Senate have pledged that Congress will have a vote on recommendations approved by the Commission. Even if the Commission is not able to reach an agreement that garners the necessary votes for a comprehensive plan, at a minimum, the Commission's work will create the foundation for future Congressional action by building a consensus about the challenges we face and putting forward an honest assessment about the choices policymakers need to make.

Addressing our long term fiscal imbalance and putting the government on a fiscally sustainable course will require a comprehensive and serious set of policy solutions. It is essential that the Commission consider all options. Reaching an agreement will require members on both sides of the aisle to rise above partisan politics, put forward their best ideas and seriously consider alternatives. Each of us has different views and ideas about the exact mix of policies that should be included in a budget plan, but we are united in the belief that all options for controlling our debt should be on the table. Reaching an agreement will be difficult but, we believe, possible if the long term goal of fiscal sustainability is kept in focus.

As you work toward reaching an agreement, it is important that you engage the public in a serious, realistic discussion about our fiscal challenges. The public is increasingly concerned about the dangers posed by growing national debt, but they are less certain about how to meet the challenge. The Commission has the stature and credibility to explain the nature of the problem and the tough choices that need to be considered.

The fiscal, ideological and political challenges you face are great. But, the need for action is clear. The work of the Commission will undoubtedly be subject to increasing criticism and attacks from partisans on both sides of the ideological spectrum as you begin to discuss the challenges and tough choices before us. We urge you to thoughtfully and collegially pursue the important work of reaching agreement on a serious, credible plan to restore our nation's fiscal health.

Thanking you for agreeing to undertake this difficult but important work, we are

Sincerely yours,

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