Chairman McMorris Rodgers Leads Press Conference on Protecting America's Future from the Fiscal Cliff and Growing National Debt

February 4, 2013

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chair of the House Republican Conference, led a press conference today to highlight the effect the national debt will have on America’s children and middle-class families. As the debate over the fiscal cliff continues, House Republicans are committed to reducing the debt, averting the fiscal cliff, and protecting the next generation of Americans from the detrimental effects of out-of-control spending.

“House Republicans are fighting to ensure that our children grow up in an America where they are not burdened by debt, but emboldened by opportunity – where their opportunities are limitless, not limited,” said Chair McMorris Rodgers. “When my daughter Grace was born two years ago, her share of the national debt was $45,000. And if the trend continues, by the time she’s in high school that will have grown to $100,000. That is both unacceptable and unsustainable.”

As the fiscal cliff looms, Republican leaders are eager to negotiate with the President to agree upon a balanced approach that addresses both revenue and spending. On December 3, House Republican leaders sent President Obama a letter detailing their counterproposal, which includes $800 billion in revenue through tax reform and significant spending cuts – for a total net savings of $2.2 trillion.

“It’s time for the President to come to the table and work with us to avert the fiscal cliff before the end of the year. This is about people, not politics—about protecting America’s future, not repeating the mistakes of the past. Now is our moment to do something big.”

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