Coats Notes: Congress Should Reconvene, Work on Deficit Reduction Plan

Senator Dan Coats
2013-01-11 14:26:28
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Congress Should Reconvene, Work on Deficit Reduction Plan Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate were in session this week. Rather than take a break from the Capitol, I called on congressional leaders to bring Congress back into session to work on a deficit reduction plan. We need to be working right now on a long-term plan to address our unsustainable $16.4 trillion debt. Unlike the past two years, we cannot continue to run out the clock forcing Congress to make last minute decisions on deeply flawed policies. The Senate should not be rushing major legislation and voting in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Day. Consistently governing from the edge of a cliff is detrimental to our country and reflective of a complete lack of leadership in Washington. As the national debt continues to rise, each day wasted is a day closer to our country hitting its borrowing limit. Both sides of the aisle recognize that our spending and borrowing cannot continue at its current pace. Both parties have acknowledged that mandatory spending programs - Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - are the main drivers of our debt. Now is the time to stop politicizing and start leading. This is no time for Congress or the President to take breaks from the fiscal crisis. Congress and the White House have a job to do and must get to work today. _____ President's Nominations Raise Serious Questions This week President Obama announced that he has nominated former senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and advisor John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Both of these nominations are subject to Senate confirmation, and I have serious questions about each. I am surprised that President Obama decided to nominate former senator Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary given the many concerns expressed by both Republicans and Democrats. I am particularly concerned about the pick to lead our military because of the possible effects it will have on the U.S. relationship with our trusted ally Israel as well as his support for talks with terrorist organizations like Hamas. While Hagel deserves the opportunity to come before Congress, there is no doubt he will face tough questions regarding his record and past statements. Mr. Brennan's lengthy service in the intelligence community and his time as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama would certainly serve him well in assuming this new role as CIA Director, but his nomination also raises a number of issues. Brennan will need to answer questions about his role in recent disclosures of classified information before I can support his nomination. 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Congress Should Reconvene, Work on Deficit Reduction Plan


Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate were in session this week. Rather than take a break from the Capitol, I called on congressional leaders to bring Congress back into session to work on a deficit reduction plan. We need to be working right now on a long-term plan to address our unsustainable $16.4 trillion debt.

Unlike the past two years, we cannot continue to run out the clock forcing Congress to make last minute decisions on deeply flawed policies. The Senate should not be rushing major legislation and voting in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Day. Consistently governing from the edge of a cliff is detrimental to our country and reflective of a complete lack of leadership in Washington.

As the national debt continues to rise, each day wasted is a day closer to our country hitting its borrowing limit.

Both sides of the aisle recognize that our spending and borrowing cannot continue at its current pace. Both parties have acknowledged that mandatory spending programs – Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – are the main drivers of our debt.  Now is the time to stop politicizing and start leading.

This is no time for Congress or the President to take breaks from the fiscal crisis. Congress and the White House have a job to do and must get to work today.


President’s Nominations Raise Serious Questions
 
This week President Obama announced that he has nominated former senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and advisor John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Both of these nominations are subject to Senate confirmation, and I have serious questions about each.

I am surprised that President Obama decided to nominate former senator Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary given the many concerns expressed by both Republicans and Democrats. I am particularly concerned about the pick to lead our military because of the possible effects it will have on the U.S. relationship with our trusted ally Israel as well as his support for talks with terrorist organizations like Hamas. While Hagel deserves the opportunity to come before Congress, there is no doubt he will face tough questions regarding his record and past statements.

Mr. Brennan’s lengthy service in the intelligence community and his time as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama would certainly serve him well in assuming this new role as CIA Director, but his nomination also raises a number of issues. Brennan will need to answer questions about his role in recent disclosures of classified information before I can support his nomination.

Coats in the News

Coats Op-Ed: An imperfect fiscal cliff deal, with more financial challenges ahead

Coats critical of Obama nominations

Linden student to attend presidential inauguration

Indiana, Alabama senators wager on college football title


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