Let the 'supercommittee' bashing begin
Get ready for a wave of criticism over the failure of the congressional "supercommittee" on debt reduction, which had to come up with something today in order to meet Wednesday's deadline.
Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, was the first Florida lawmaker to condemn the panel this morning. "The members of the super committee that stepped up to the plate to complete this task promised their country they would put politics aside, and fulfill this important task," he said in a statement. "Yet, it is apparent to everyone that politics and partisanship is at the very core of this failure. Over the course of the past two months, including dozens of meetings and hearings, this Super Committee has not been able to agree on a single issue that can help move this country forward. I find it appalling that grown adults can not sit down at a table and find a way to negotiate something so important to the future of this nation."
UPDATE: It's now official. No deal.
Sen. Marco Rubio: “The consequences of this Washington-style leadership failure are not only a missed opportunity to reign in our debt, but also a step toward devastating cuts to our national security efforts. In sum, this threatens to leave us with a diminished economy, a less secure future and on track for our own Greece and Italy-like day of reckoning."
Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta: “This shows exactly why the Congressional approval rate is at nine percent."
Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City: “For the Supercommittee to abandon negotiations on deficit reduction two days before its deadline is no different than a football team heading to the showers at the two-minute warning. Last August, I opposed the debt ceiling compromise that created the Supercommittee because I am unwilling to accept deep cuts to defense spending and benefits for our seniors. Now, with the prospect of these cuts looming on the horizon, my resolve is more firm than ever in fighting business as usual in Washington. With the American people watching closely from the stands, I encourage my colleagues to return to the playing field and use every second remaining on the clock.”