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Providing For Congressional Disapproval Of A Rule Submitted By The Corps Of Engineers And The Environmental Protection Agency—Veto— Continued January 20, 2016
Daniel Coats, R-IN
"Whether it was Simpson-Bowles or Domenici-Rivlin or whether it was the Gang of 12, the Committee of 6 or the Vitter committee, many efforts were made to try to work with the administration to address the long-term problems. Eventually, each one of those failed. I am not here to impose blame on anyone. It would be easy to do. It is a very difficult problem working with the administration, and sometimes we have differences between our two parties here, but there was general recognition—universal recognition—that we couldn’t continue down the same path of excessive spending, more than we received in revenues, year after year at a frightening pace to ever greater debt."
Trade Act Of 2015 October 29, 2015
Daniel Coats, R-IN
"It is not that this issue wasn’t worked on. Whether it was to fix the debt or the Business Roundtable, Domenici-Rivlin, Simpson-Bowles, the Gang of 6, the super committee resulting from the Budget Control Act, and the dinner club of Senators—all of these efforts over the early years I threw myself into and in support of. And many of us—even on a bipartisan basis—were working together to try to address this gorilla in the room, the runaway mandatory spending. It is now eating up over 70 percent of our total budget and ever-decreasing discretionary spending."
Legislative Program October 23, 2015
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"I have been here for a longer time than Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Speaker. In 1981, they did that, and we increased the deficit under Mr. Reagan by 189 percent. We could have dealt with it then. Then we had a commission that was called Simpson-Bowles, which tried to deal with what the gentleman is talking about, and all three Republican Members from the House of Representatives voted “no” on it. Why? Because it asked us to pay for what we bought."
Default Prevention Act October 21, 2015
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"As for the notion somehow that the President walked away from the negotiations with Simpson-Bowles, where was Paul Ryan? I like Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan refused to embrace Simpson-Bowles‘ proposals. They cannot pass their vision. They want to blame the President and the American people."
Hire More Heroes Act Of 2015—Motion To Proceed July 23, 2015
Daniel Coats, R-IN
"I get exercised about this, and it is why I came back. It is one of the two main reasons I decided to run for the Senate again. I was worried about terrorist attacks and the nightmare of a marriage between weapons of mass destruction and terrorist groups impacting our country and the world. But while we seem to be struggling to address the terror issue and having some success—at least we are aware of it on a daily basis—we are letting this fiscal crisis go by without even talking about it. I think everybody is exhausted. We have had exhausting exchanges. We have had bipartisan Democrats and Republicans working together and pleading with the President and the White House, starting with Simpson-Bowles, which was a bipartisan effort. The Gang of 6, the Committee of 12, the supercommittee were all bipartisan efforts."

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