A diverse group of small business owners, veterans, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals from across the country converged on Washington, DC, to call on lawmakers to address the rapidly approaching fiscal cliff and the country’s long-term federal debt problems. Members of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, including the co-chairs of the Missouri chapter, applauded the fly-in participants’ efforts and joined their call for Congress to address the country’s debt challenges.
"Now is the time for our Congressional leaders to put aside the interests of the few and craft a plan that does the most good for the most Americans,” said former Missouri Governor and Missouri Fix the Debt co-chair Bob Holden. “Let’s give relief to those who really need it, let’s make sure that everyone pays their fair share and let’s make changes that will keep our country moving forward for decades to come. We can do all of this if we resolve to put America’s interests above any small group of Americans’ interest.”
Today, the national debt exceeds $16 trillion and continues to grow. On January 1, the country faces a hazardous combination of spending cuts and tax expirations – known as the “fiscal cliff” – that the Congressional Budget Office predicts would cause the economy to shrink in 2013.