Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is riled that the supercommittee on deficit reduction is stalled over tough issues. The panel may ignore some of its thorniest issues, such as taxes and entitlements, Politico
That would send those issues back to Congress as the supercommittee seeks political cover — even though that process was supposed to go in the opposite direction with the panel’s formation.
“The purpose of the supercommittee was to avoid that from happening, and even they’re doing it,” the freshman senator told Politico. “There’s no way around it: We have some important decisions to make for the future of this country, and that’s what people sent us here to do. That’s what we get paid to do, that’s what people voted for us to do. That’s our job, we need to do our job.”
Others on both sides of the aisle in Congress agree. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, asked whether he could accept the supercommittee’s putting off the specifics of tax reform until a later date, told Politico, “No. I think we’re ready; let’s get going here.”
And Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., insisted that Congress has to “do something now, rather than later,” with the government’s debt burden set to hit $17 trillion next year. Asked the chances for success if Congress waits until next year to address taxes and entitlements, he told Politico, “Good luck, I’m a realist.”
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