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|Quigley Pushes Bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Budget|
|Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:31|
Plan focuses on “3 B’s” – Bipartisan, Big and Balanced – necessary for a responsible, sustainable budget, and deficit reduction
WASHINGTON — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a federal budget alternative based on principles outlined last year by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, co-chaired by former Sen. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. The budget is the only bipartisan budget offered in this Congress, and in the last fifteen years or more.
“As we look to improve our economy and move America forward, this is the only budget that includes each of the “3 B’s” necessary to address our national debt and deficit. It’s Bipartisan, Big, and Balanced,” said Rep. Quigley. “If Democrats and Republicans continue to hold out for everything in the budget fight, neither side is going to get anything. We have to work together, compromise, and give a little. This plan offers a blueprint for committees of jurisdiction to draft specific policies and fits well with the 60 recommendations I proposed last year to reduce our deficit by trillions over the next decade.”
This “3B Budget” alternative:
Key Elements of the “Simpson-Bowles” Budget Alternative
Smart savings instead of dumb cuts:
Permanently repeals the automatic spending cuts required by the Budget Control Act and replaces across-the-board cuts with a more strategic, comprehensive fiscal plan to reduce the deficit and stabilize the debt.
Rep. Quigley has been committed to good government reform in his two terms in Congress. Over the past two years he released Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget Parts I and II, a report which establishes transparency in the budget process and offers 60 recommendations to save $2 trillion over the next 10 years. These specific policy recommendations fit well into the guiding principles of the Simpson-Bowles budget alternative.
Rep. Quigley is known for reaching across the aisle to improve government and end public corruption. He founded the bipartisan Transparency Caucus with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and has worked to end public corruption with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). Most recently, legislation authored with Sen Kirk, Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) to eliminate federal pension payouts for elected officials convicted of public corruption crimes was included as part of the final STOCK Act passed by Congress.