Freshman Sen. Deb Fischer gets national attention today, delivering the weekly Republican response to the presidential radio/Internet address.
President Obama addresses the plan to reduce American armed forces in Afghanistan in his address.
Fischer addresses the fiscal problems facing the country, stating “Washington must cut out-of-control spending.”
Fischer says public opinion polls indicate Americans support spending cuts, “These hardworking taxpayers are tired of petty ‘beltway battles’ and they’re frustrated with the lack of progress from their elected leaders.”
Fischer cautions that pending cuts to the military could undermine the duty of Congress to ‘provide for the common defense.’
“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I’m 100 percent committed to both reducing spending and meeting my constitutional obligation to defend this nation. It is equally important to uphold America’s promises to active duty service members and veterans, those who have risked life-and-limb in defense of our nation. Keeping faith with these brave Americans is more than our responsibility; it is our honor to do so.”
Fischer says Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be reformed if the country is to gain control of the budget.
“There is a general consensus that Congress must explore ways to act on entitlements, but there is little agreement on a way forward–and few credible solutions have been put on the table. As the 113th Congress begins, I challenge my colleagues to step off the sidelines and offer substantive ideas for real reform.
“Such reforms will require political courage and will demand strong leadership from the President and leaders of Congress. But without making these hard decisions, America will never rein in spending or achieve a balanced budget.”
Fischer says Congress should not agree to raise the national debt limit until it addresses spending.
“It’s time for serious action. No more kicking the can down the road. No more using the threat of middle class tax hikes to force last minute deal-making. The debate over taxes and revenues is done. Tax increases barely pay for a few days of government spending and in all my years of public service, I have never had constituents ask me to raise their taxes. The problem is not that the American people are taxed too little; it’s that the federal government spends too much.”
AUDIO: Sen. Deb Fischer delivers weekly Republican radio address. [5:25]