As the heated debate over the federal budget continues in Congress, Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn says lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that there must be “shared pain” as we must do some extensive cuts to government spending, while getting serious about lowering the national debt.
As the third ranking democrat in the U.S. House, Clyburn says he doesn’t believe in the GOP members’ plan of placing the burden on society’s most vulnerable citizens.
A three-week extension of government funding won approval Tuesday from the U.S. House, with Democratic support overcoming opposition by some conservative Republicans. The 271-158 vote sends the measure to the Senate for consideration before the current government spending authorization expires Friday.
Clyburn says he expects the Senate to approve the latest extension and avert a government shutdown, but Clyburn says some conservative Republicans are actually hoping for a stoppage.
Clyburn says for the nation’s long-term financial health, some adjustments to entitlement programs will have to made, but he says we don’t have to “cut into the muscle” of programs like Social Security. Clyburn says the rhetoric used by some conservatives that entitlements like Social Security will ultimately bankrupt the nation is a scare tactic. In fact, Clyburn contends that Social Security remains solvent.
Clyburn says we need to take a serious look at the nation’s continued military involvement in the Middle East and defense spending in general as well as the continued awarding of tax breaks to the wealthy.