Clyburn Statement on President's Press Conference

Jun 29, 2011 Issues: Spending Cuts and Debt

WASHINGTON, DC—Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today issued the following statement on President Obama’s press conference today:

“Today the President did just what the Republicans asked him to do.  He told the American people where he stands on reducing our deficit. 

“President Obama and Congressional Democrats are willing to participate in bipartisan negotiations to produce a fair debt relief and deficit reduction plan that doesn’t protect loopholes for big oil, corporate jets and the wealthy while jeopardizing college aid, Medicare or food safety.  

“We have come to a point where tough choices have to be made about our nation’s future.  The question is are the Republicans willing to come back to the table to make those hard choices or will they continue to grandstand while time ticks away and the debt ceiling looms?”