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Vitter: Senate Should Start Debating Spending Cuts and Debt Reduction, Not Take Vacation

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter made the following statement today calling on Senate leadership to stay in session next week and begin debating measures to address spending and debt instead of breaking for the Fourth of July recess. This would also prevent President Barack Obama from making recess appointments, some of which have been deemed well outside the mainstream.

"Congress must stop wasting time before the debt limit expires and get down to the business of having real, substantive debates about spending reform and tackling debt -- not discussing a patents bill or some other placeholder bill while debt negotiations happen behind closed doors among a handful of individuals. This is not what the American people want and it is not how the Congress should handle this pressing issue," said Vitter.

In March, Vitter led nine of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him "to dedicate significant floor time to debate [spending and debt] well in advance of the federal government reaching our statutorily mandated debt limit."

In addition to trying to force a debate on spending and debt issues, Vitter's call to object to going into recess would prevent the Obama administration from making radical recess appointments.

"President Obama has given every indication he's planning to appoint some very controversial, outside the mainstream nominees during recess," Vitter said. "The president has already overreached with the high number of unconfirmed czars in his administration and now he wants to bypass the constitutional confirmation process to appoint nominees who would never stand congressional scrutiny to positions of authority. I'll continue to push for this strategy for every recess."

On May 25, Vitter, and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and 18 other senators sent a letter to Boehner asking him not to pass the Senate's adjournment resolution in order to block recess appointments by the Obama administration. Specifically, the senators expressed concerns with the nominations of Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Craig Becker to head the National Labor Relations Board.

Vitter and DeMint's efforts in May were successful and the House rejected the Senate adjournment resolution in order to remain in a pro-forma session and avoid recess appointments.

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