Many lawmakers are demanding that both parties work together to replace the fiscal cliff with a comprehensive debt reduction plan. Voters are backing them up.
Last week the New Democrat Coalition sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders calling for everything to be on the table and no more kicking the can down the road. “Now is the time to act,” says the letter. Another letter being circulated to colleagues by a bipartisan group of congressmen led by Reps. Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Mike Simpson (R-ID), and Heath Shuler (D-NC) also demands that everything be on the table and that the deal be big enough to adequately deal with the mounting national debt.
Voters are also sending messages to their elected representatives. According to a poll taken during election night, an overwhelming majority of voters want compromise in Washington. Half of respondents also said they favor the Simpson-Bowles plan. Another poll taken just after the election had similar findings, with 88% supporting compromise and everything on the table to reduce the deficit.
You can add your voice to these calls as well by signing the Citizen’s Petition to Fix the Debt and spreading the word.