The debate was over $1.2 trillion in cuts in the next ten years–the equivalent of this year’s deficit alone.
1st District Congressman Tim Scott’s take:
“Breathtaking is the only word I can think of. Breathtaking! The fact of the matter is I voted against this deal because the supercommittee was designed to fail. You have an even number each side on a committee with supposedly super powers and they produce nothing,” says Scott.
Scott, a Republican, says the supercommittee is an example of what happens often in Washington.
“We set up these special Blue Ribbon Committees and they can’t do what the rest of us haven’t been able to do as well. So, complete failure–it was at the beginning, and it will be in the end. Even if they pull a rabbit out of a hat, the bottom line is simply this: we need to deal with the long term debt of this country and if we can’t figure out $1.2 trillion over ten years it really is disconcerting,” says Scott.
Scott says the supercommittee’s failure to reach an agreement loses the trust of the people. He says he wants to hold on to his word to his voters.
“If we don’t do what we said we were going to do with the failure of the supercommittee, I think it speaks to our character–and that is a greater concern to me than anything else. We have lost of the American people because we don’t do what we say,” says Scott.
South Carolina 6th District Congressman Jim Clyburn, a Democrat, was on the supercommittee. After the supercommittee’s failure, President Obama and congressional leaders called for Congress to work out an agreement before 2013 budget cuts take place.