Clyburn Statement on Continuing the Biden Talks

Jun 23, 2011 Issues: Spending Cuts and Debt

WASHINGTON, DC—Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today issued the following statement on the Republicans pulling out of today's Biden talks on deficit reduction:

"No one believed these negotiations would be easy. It is going to take Democrats and Republicans working together to get this done.  It will require shared sacrifice, and both sides must be willing to give.  Ending Medicare while protecting tax loopholes and unnecessary subsidies to big business is not a reasonable plan for solving our nation’s fiscal challenges.  We cannot balance the budget solely on the backs of the middle class.  We simply must forge a bipartisan agreement.  Failure is not an option, and I hope a bipartisan resolution will be achieved."