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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
January 17, 2012

NCSL Tells President and Congress: “Go Big” on Deficit Reduction

Washington, DC – In a letter to President Obama, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)  called on the president to “go big” on deficit reduction in his proposed budget, and congressional leaders to pass a budget resolution that does the same. Putting America on a sustainable fiscal path is crucial, and all options must be explored, including cuts in discretionary funding, entitlement reform and options to increase revenues.

“It’s unacceptable to simply nibble around the edges, we need a big solution,” said Representative Rosie Berger of Wyoming (R), co-chair of the NCSL Deficit Reduction Task Force.  “We need our leaders at the federal level to work together and get it done. If we can do it at the state level, they can do it too. Our nation is depending on it.”

“We at the state level feel strongly that everything needs to be on the table,” agreed Representative Terie Norelli, New Hampshire House Democratic Leader and co-chair of the NCSL task force. “States expect some cuts in federal funds, but these cuts should be proportional to other cuts and be accompanied by greater flexibility. Not doing so would be the equivalent of exporting the federal deficit to the states, while tying our hands behind our backs.”

In particular, NCSL recommends consideration of two plans that have gained widespread support. These proposals — the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility’s Moment of Truth and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Restoring America’s Future — offer responsible frameworks for placing the nation’s debt on a downward trajectory.

To arrange an interview with the co-chairs of NCSL’s Deficit Reduction Task Force, please contact

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.