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As the national debt—at $28 trillion—continues to rise, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is continuing her work to rein in out-of-control spending and bring Republicans and Democrats to the table to find common ground to address the issue. Ernst helped introduced a bill that would create an 18-member bipartisan commission to find and recommend ways to balance the federal budget over 10 years.

 “With a 50-50 split in the Senate and an extremely narrow majority in the House, Democrats have chosen to ignore bipartisanship and instead to unnecessarily ram through trillions in partisan spending on liberal wish list priorities racking up more and more unnecessary debt. It’s past time that we work together—Democrats and Republicans—to rein in this out-of-control spending and put the interests of our children and grandchildren first. This bill will ensure both parties have a seat at the table and that we find common ground to address our ever-increasing national debt,” said Senator Ernst.

 The commission created by the Sustainable Budget Act would consist of six House and Senate Democrats, six House and Senate Republicans, and six Presidential appointees. Only three of the President’s appointees could be from one political party. Commission members would propose to Congress a joint resolution on reducing the deficit within a year after their appointment.

Author: Press Release