Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) has delivered a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), requesting that the House of Representatives introduce a legislative package of deficit reduction measures.
Terry proposed this action, following the failure of the U.S. Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Super Committee," to deliver similar debt cutting steps by November 23, 2011. Additionally, the letter suggested that just as the Super Committee's package was to receive a simple "up" or "down" Congressional vote by December 23, 2011, the House legislation should be voted on in the same manner, by the same date.
"The Super Committee allowed bipartisan bickering to sidetrack their very important mission: preventing sovereign default. The House needs to step up as the adults in the room, and once again show the American people that we can bridge the political divide to put the best interest of all Americans before party affiliation.
"We do not want to end up like Greece or Portugal. I'm willing to stay here through December to make sure we don't go down that path. It is time for the show horses to step aside and let the work horses get something accomplished," said Terry.