Letter: Congress, president need to find common ground on budget

December 2, 2013 

Our current national debt path is unsustainable. Over the long-term, our ever-escalating national debt threatens to depress the job market, cut deeply into the social safety net and crowd out spending on important priorities for American families.

Fortunately, with the appointment of a budget conference committee charged with developing a budget resolution by Dec. 13, lawmakers have an opportunity to break the cycle of inaction and negotiate a comprehensive, long-term, deficit reduction framework.

I serve on the Washington steering committee for the Campaign to Fix the Debt, which is hopeful that the budget conferees will confront the true drivers of our debt, namely our outdated tax code and our ever-more-costly entitlement programs.

Fix the Debt continues to strongly urge Congress and the president to come to an agreement that puts the debt on a downward path, replaces the sequester's mindless spending cuts and puts in place a fast-track procedure that will spur entitlement reform and tax reform and stop self-inflicted fiscal crises once and for all.

Let's contact Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and tell them, "It is necessary to find common ground and work toward a bipartisan deal."

MARIO REYES, Pasco

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