As a compromise over lifting the debt ceiling seems further away, Congressional candidate David Weprin touted his experience in elected office in urging both sides to come to an agreement and to whack Republicans for proposing a massive roll-back in spending.
“As someone who has spent more than 20 years working in public finance and 8 years as Chair of the New York City Council Finance Committee, I know how to balance budgets and close multi-billion dollar deficits,” Weprin said in a statement. “Destroying Medicare and Social Security isn’t the way to do it.”
Among the many division in this race–Israel, the Ryan Plan, etc.–one is between the insider and the outsider. Earlier this week Republican Bob Turner’s campaign knocked Weprin for being a career politician who is always on the hunt for a new office. Although his campaign is trying to posit Weprin as someone with the experience necessary to serve in Congress, his time as finance chair was not unblemished. He served on the committee during the slush fund scandal, when it was revealed that the Council was storing money under the budget lines of fictitious non-profits.
Rest of the release is below:
It is clear that House Republicans are wasting time with a plan that has no chance instead of working toward a bipartisan compromise to prevent the first debt default in the nation’s history and take meaningful steps toward reducing our long term debt.
What the Republicans in Congress are doing is shameful. To put it simply, they are playing chicken with our economy and are placing our nation’s economic well-being in jeopardy for the sake of playing partisan games. The Republicans’ insistence that the debt ceiling agreement be consummated on the backs of seniors, working families and children, while protecting tax subsidies and loopholes for Big Oil and companies that outsource jobs is simply shameful.
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