Rep. West: Link Spending Limits to Debt Plan

Sunday, 17 Apr 2011 01:05 PM

By David Dorsey

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Republican House freshman and tea party favorite Rep. Allen West wants tough spending controls linked with any hike in the national debt Allen West, Debt Limit, Budget, Spendingceiling, Politico reports.

“We should have some type of trigger mechanism so that when you reach a certain percentage of getting close to this debt limit there are automatic spending cuts that come right in,” West, R-Fla., said Sunday on ABC’s "This Week."

West also said, “…we need to have a balanced budget amendment … But I think also, now is a great time, when we can cut our corporate business tax rate in half. Bring it from 35 percent to 20 to 22 percent because there’s a lot of capital just sitting out there that we could use to invest in long-term sustainable job growth … This is not about a debt ceiling raised, this really comes down to a debt suggestion.”

West was joined by Reps. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Steve Sotherland, R-Fla.

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