CNN, MSNBC, BBC turn to Congressman Pittenger for reaction
Oct 16, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2013
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER APPEARS ON CNN, MSNBC, AND BBC WORLD NEWS TO DISCUSS DEBT CEILING PROPOSAL
WASHINGTON – As news spread of a possible deal to end the stalemate in Washington, several media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and BBC World News turned to Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) for reaction and analysis. Congressman Pittenger also released the following message to his constituents:
“My number one focus has always been restoring fiscal sanity to Washington. When the federal government takes in $2.5 trillion in annual revenue but spends $3.5 trillion, it is clear Washington has a spending problem.
“The recent debate over defunding Obamacare was a noble objective, but one I repeatedly warned was doomed to failure. Every day, I hear from multiple constituents who face drastically higher healthcare premiums, reduced benefits, or reduced job opportunities due to Obamacare. After securing critical funding for our military, I was willing to participate in a principled fight on behalf of my constituents, but as I predicted, President Obama did everything in his power to protect his signature legislation. Obamacare, good or bad, will be his legacy.
“Today, the House and Senate are expected to vote on a short-term fiscal plan that ends the current quagmire and moves Washington into what I hope will be substantive negotiations on common-sense, long-term solutions to Washington’s spending problem.
“With $17 trillion in debt and $60 trillion in unfunded entitlement mandates, leading economists on both sides warn America is hurtling toward financial collapse like Greece.
“Now is the time for America’s leaders to come together in adult conversation, confronting our serious fiscal issues.”
Video links to Congressman Pittenger’s interviews with CNN, MSNBC, and BBC World News are available below.