Thu October 17, 2013
WNY Congressional leaders not pleased with short-term debt plan
The partial federal government shutdown has ended after Congress Wednesday night voted in favor of a new deal. The vote also prevented a default. But Western New York Congressional leaders from both sides of the isle are not pleased with this plan.
"I didn't come to Washington to kick the can for three months. You know we are going to be right back here February 7th of next year," said Congressman Chris Collins, a republican.
Before heading into the vote Wednesday night Collins told WBFO News was going to vote 'no'.
Collins said it was irresponsible to approve a debt ceiling plan that expires January 15th, leaving the nation in a another game of kick of the can.
"I feel as though we are going to be right back here in three months, and now is the time to negotiate changes in our spending and get control of these runaway deficits that keep adding to our debt and credit card," said Collins.
"What we need is a long term spending plan that will make investments in the economy and reduce the deficit over the long-term," said Congressman Brian Higgins, a democrat.
Like Collins, Higgins agrees this is only a short term solution, but Higgins voted in favor of the plan. He places blame on the republican members of the House for approving a budget plan that overspends.
"They approved a budget earlier this year that spends $800-billion more than it takes in in revenues," said Higgins.
Congressman Collins blames President Obama saying he needs to lead the change, but has failed to admit there is a deficit problem. Higgins tells WBFO News lawmakers have created a "manufactured crisis".