Tester statement on Debt Commission report

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement in response to proposals to cut the national debt released by the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, commonly known as the Debt Commission:

“It’s easy for some politicians to blow hot air about the national debt after years of running up the nation’s credit card without offering any solutions, or a willingness to make tough decisions. What’s difficult is achieving real results.

“As Chairmen Simpson and Bowles have said, this report has accomplished a first step: kick-starting an adult conversation on how to really tackle the national debt. I appreciate their hard work, and I’ll be taking a close look at this report. All ideas need to be on the table if we’re going to have a serious debate over how to rein in our national debt. And it’s time to have that debate.”

Tester, an outspoken advocate for reigning in the national debt, personally trimmed $6 billion from a law recently passed by Congress.

Tester has also voted against and helped kill two Congressional pay raises and helped pass legislation in the Senate to permanently revoke automatic Congressional raises.