Anne Eller, affiliate WLMA in Greenwood, contributed to this report.
First District Congressman Tim Scott says he agrees with U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner’s decision to look at a long-term continuing resolution that would end in September.
We believe we are in the position to either get the cuts necessary for a long-term deal, or deal with the dire consequences of the Democrats refusing to come to the table and cut spending, and listen to the American people.
Scott told WLMA-Greenwood that he is on the same page as another South Carolina freshman congressman, Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney said he felt the Senate should get an “Incomplete” grade on its report because they hadn’t done any work.
I like the way Mick framed that. If you think about the fact that for the last 45 days, the House, with a majority of Republicans, has produced our side of the deal. Unfortunately, because we are only one-thirds of the power structure in Washington, we still need the Democrats to come to the table and negotiate. We are not going to negotiate very far on the number, but we have to have the other side of the argument at the table.
Scott says one thing is for sure–
We need a long-term spending plan that takes us through the September 30 time frame so that the rest of this month we can work on the 2012 budget. For the first time since 1974, the Democrats were unable to pass a budget when they controlled the White House, the Senate and the House.
And, when it comes to things like the budget, Scott says President Obama needs to simply–lead.