Oh my friends if you could see the heat radiating from my body you surely would have determined my blood was boiling from what my good friend Max Baucus and John Tester have told me. I am first of all frustrated because I requested that I not receive an automated message, yet they sent me one any way. I am frustrated secondly because I gave them a solution, not a request for information. The final straw here is that I addressed several topics, and they seemed to both want to pick the same one, the debt ceiling/budget. Here are their replies:
Thank you for contacting me about government spending and the debt ceiling. It’s good to hear from you.
I understand your concerns about raising the debt ceiling. There is no doubt that we need to get our fiscal house in order with a credible, long-term plan to reduce our debt. As a father and a grandfather, I am very aware of the costs that are being passed on to future generations.
I have voted for nearly $2 trillion in spending cuts since taking office, and I supported a responsible amendment to our Constitution requiring a balanced budget. I also cut $44 million from the Senate’s budget and led the effort to end unemployment compensation for millionaires.
I support the vision of the bipartisan Debt Commission, which proposed a blueprint to rein in our spending and debt over the long-term in a responsible way that won’t disproportionately hurt rural America. Although I don’t support everything in this blueprint, I support its goals, and I believe working together is what this nation needs to tackle this issue for the long term.
As Montanans, we know how to live within our means. Our government must do the same. As legislation related to this issue comes before the Senate, I will keep your thoughts in mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator
Thank you for contacting me regarding government spending and the national debt. I appreciate hearing from you on these important issues.
I am very upset that fighting in Washington led to the recent government shutdown. The shutdown hurt our economy and caused pain for federal employees, civilian contractors, small businesses, and hardworking families in Montana and across the country. Members of Congress need to come together to resolve their differences in a sensible manner and not resort to extreme tactics like shutting down the government.
I supported the bipartisan agreement that restored government funding and extended the debt ceiling–ensuring that the country can pay its bills and stabilize the ongoing economic recovery. This legislation, H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act for 2014, extends government funding through January 15, 2014, and will suspend the debt limit through February 7, 2014. The agreement will keep federal spending in line with the budget caps contained in the Budget Control Act of 2011. This legislation protects the full faith and credit of the United States and ensures that national parks and public lands can reopen, federal employees can get back to work, and small businesses can get the loans they need. Now Congress must focus on legislation that creates jobs.
The Continuing Appropriations Act passed by wide bipartisan margins in the Senate and House and was signed into law by President Obama on October 16, 2013. You can find a full summary of the legislation on the Senate Appropriations Committee website at http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?method=news.view&id=843aa5ea-dd97-416d-9ed4-ed66fd9a66f5.
The House and Senate have also reached an agreement to convene a conference committee to work out differences on the budget, negotiate long-term solutions to our nation’s fiscal challenges, and set spending levels for fiscal year 2014. The fiscal condition of our country is something that I have always taken seriously. It is an important responsibility for every member of Congress to be a good steward of the people’s money. Spending must be prioritized very carefully, and government agencies must be transparent and spend the funding allocated to them by Congress responsibly.
I have long supported a balanced budget, and I am an advocate of prudent government spending. In 2011, I cosponsored and voted in support of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. As discussions continue in Congress on the debt limit and other fiscal issues, I will continue working with my colleagues to find a balanced approach that will weigh the need to reduce the debt and deficit with the importance of protecting programs that folks in Montana rely on for our safety and outstanding quality of life. It is critical that we continue to protect Medicare and Social Security to ensure that we keep our promise to seniors.
I will continue to listen to the ideas and concerns I hear from Montanans about the budget. I am committed to working with all of my colleagues to enact policies that foster economic growth and create good-paying jobs.
Thanks again for getting in touch. Please contact me in the future with any additional comments or questions. You can also visit my website at http://www.baucus.senate.gov for more information on current issues that affect Montanans.
I have to ask, if these 2 Democratic Senators support a balanced budget then why has it not happened? Max Baucus seems to be some what of a leader in the senate backing many bills that have passed that people don’t like, and was a co founder of the ACA. Next why do we need a long term plan to reign in spending. We need an immediate solution today, not in 10 years. The continuing resolution that the senate strong armed the house into passing, after the senate rejected a dozen or so bipartisan house bills to fund individual departments of the government only keeps us temporarily afloat until Jan 15 2014 with out addressing a single issue that has lead us to this cliff. They have only given us the rope needed to hang ourselves with.
If so many people were not dependent on the government assistance programs that exist today social security, VA benefits, food stamps, WIC, medicaid and medicare, housing assistance, phone assistance, heating and electricity assistance, then maybe a government shutdown wouldn’t be so painful and we could use it as a tool to get stuff done, you know like in the good ole days of Clinton.
I read a very frightening blog late last night, I will link it here and I would like you all to give it a read, many people will simply call this conspiracy theory, fear mongering, or just a simple case of people hating the government, but I do see a reality that is very near that could spell out these things happening if America doesn’t pick up her big boy shorts and start acting like men and take responsibility for herself.