U.S. Senators Kirk, Manchin to Super Committee: "Go Big" on Deficit Reduction


Bipartisan ‘Sense of the Senate’ resolution calls for $4 trillion in deficit reduction using previously established frameworks, long-term entitlement and pro-growth tax reforms  


Washington, DC – With the deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or Super Committee, just days away, United States Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have a simple message for Congress: “Go Big.”  While the committee is tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over ten years, Sens. Kirk and Manchin are asking their fellow Senators to vote in favor of their bipartisan resolution to encourage the committee to reach $4 trillion in reductions that will create long-term entitlement and pro-growth tax reforms. This “Go Big” approach uses the previously established framework of the presidentially-appointed National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The Kirk/Manchin resolution affirms Senate support for real and substantial cuts to the deficit over the next decade in order to calm financial markets, restore confidence and set a path for future prosperity. 

The full text of the Kirk/Manchin resolution is below:

November 10, 2011 

Super Committee Should “Go Big”


Expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should “Go Big” in its attempts toward deficit reduction.

Whereas the Government of the United States has reached record levels of debt, with total debt outstanding exceeding $14,970,000,000,000;

Whereas the publicly held debt of the United States has reached 67 percent of Gross Domestic Product and is projected to increase to 100 percent by 2021;

Whereas the Congressional Budget Office estimated the deficit for fiscal year 2011 at approximately $1,300,000,000,000;

Whereas the outlook on the deficits and debt of the United States has caused the Nation’s long-term credit rating to be downgraded for the first time in history by at least one Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization, and its credit rating could potentially be downgraded again;

Whereas the Budget Control Act of 2011 has empowered the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to propose significant and important reductions to the deficit, and failure to secure sufficient reductions will trigger substantial cuts in critical areas;

Whereas the presidentially appointed National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has created a framework to reduce the federal deficit by approximately $4,000,000,000,000;

Whereas numerous budget experts, leading political figures, and independent groups of differing political ideologieshave advocated for a “Go Big” strategy for deficit reduction; and

Whereas 45 United States Senators have previously supported the goal of achieving greater deficit reduction: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that Congress should pass a deficit reduction measure that-

1) includes enough deficit reduction to stabilize the Federal debt as a share of the economy, put the debt on a downward path, and provide fiscal certainty; 

(2) reduces the deficit by at least $4,000,000,000,000 over 10 years in order to reassure financial markets;

(3) encompasses the principles of reform, shared sacrifice, and compromise;

(4) uses established, bipartisan debt and deficit reduction frameworks as a starting point for discussions;

(5) focuses on the major parts of the budget and includes long-term entitlement reforms and pro-growth tax reform;

(6) is structured to grow the economy in the short, medium, and long terms to create jobs in the United States and increase United States competitiveness; 

(7) builds a foundation of investor confidence that preserves the United States dollar and Federal debt securities as the global standard of safety and stability;

(8) works to include the American public and the business community in a broader discussion about the breadth of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing us; and

(9) includes tax reform that guarantees deficit reduction and economic growth to rebuild America.

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