Rep. Allen West said Wednesday that, unlike some of the other tea party-backed freshmen, he supports House Speaker John Boehner’s debt-reduction plan, even though it falls somewhat short of what he would like see invoked to tackle the nation’s fiscal malaise.
“Because I look at it this way, coming from my military background: We can sit around and we can kvetch about coming up with the 100 percent plan, but we are wasting time,” the Florida Republican told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto. “What I believe is this is the plan that gets us the 70 percent to 75 percent solution. Does it have everything that I with like to see there? Absolutely not.
“But I think that it gets to the core of us making sure that we don’t have any default on our debt — we do start to cut spending, we do cap spending,” said West, a member of the House Tea Party Caucus. “And we do get to a balanced budget amendment — as a matter of fact, we will have separate balanced budget amendment votes after the Boehner plan is passed in the House.”
Cavuto asked West whether backing the Boehner plan is a waste of time, as some critics have claimed it will be dead on arrival when it lands on the Senate floor.
“It is not a waste of time — and I think the most important thing that the American people should start asking themselves: What is the credibility of Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats?” West said. “You are talking about an individual and his Senate Democrat cohorts in 818 days — or 817 days — they have not passed a budget. That is the one constitutionally mandated thing they are supposed to do, and they keep talking about how everything is dead on arrival.
“Well, my question to Harry Reid is, where is your plan? Where is your CBO-scored plan? Because if you don’t have a plan, then you need to pass what we will send over to you and not have a repeat of what you did last week when you tabled a cut, cap, and balance plan which would have given — this whole thing would have been ended,” he said. “You have gotten the debt limit raised and we would have the spending control measures that the American people think are necessary.”
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