Sen. Scott Brown calls Republican spending cuts ‘irresponsible’

In a letter released Thursday, Sen. Scott Brown called Republican efforts to cut government spending “irresponsible” and urged party leaders to get over their ideology and find an agreement on a final resolution to the government through the fiscal year.

The Massachusetts Republican sent the letter to Senate leaders of both parties urging them to end their squabble over the budget, drop the ideological games and come to an agreement, adding that he was “disappointed” in their behavior so far.

Brown started by scolding the leaders, who are currently in negotiations for a long-term budget deal.

“[R]ather than reaching a workable, bi-partisan solution to responsibly address our staggering deficit, we are repeatedly given a false choice between CR proposals that either don’t go far enough to reduce federal spending and proposals that set the wrong priorities that would disproportionately affect low-income families and seniors, while doing little to address critical, long-term issues,” Brown wrote.

Echoing Democratic rhetoric on spending, Brown warned that the Republican-proposed $61 billion budget reduction would occur at the expense of the poor and hurt the economy.

“Reducing and eliminating needless spending and programs are appropriate, but a wholesale reduction in spending, without considering economic, cultural, and social impacts is simply irresponsible. We must also be mindful that many of the proposed spending reductions would disproportionately affect the neediest among us, including housing and heating assistance,” Brown said. “Likewise, some of the proposed cuts would be economically counterproductive, negatively impacting our ability to innovate and invest in research and development.”

As for calls to reduce the federal government’s $1.4 trillion deficit, Brown said there were more important priorities at hand.

“Deficit reduction is a necessary goal for our country,” Brown said in the letter. “But deficit reduction should not be achieved in isolation of our priorities as a government and a society.”

During his 14 months as senator, Brown has yet to vote on an official budget for the federal government. Congressional leaders have chosen instead to fund the government through short-term measures that last only a couple of months or weeks at a time.

With the latest burst of funding set to expire next week, House and Senate leaders say they are “close” to a long-term deal.

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  • edwin schrodinger

    Brown is absolutely correct. We need to focus on creating jobs. Reducing the deficit is an important long term goal but we should not risk destroying the whole economy just to reduce it a little faster.

    An impressive number of cuts have already been agreed to. That is enough for now. Any further deficit reduction need to include higher taxes.

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  • Dan

    Scott Brown, a bi-partisian asile reacher. Just what we don’t need.

  • pansycritter

    What an incredible disappointment this guy turned out to be. Stands for nothing apparently. Another 1-term RINO.

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