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Michelle Nunn on Budget & Economy

 


Sequestration is absolute wrong way of making cuts

Q. What do you make of the debt ceiling shenanigans of the past two years?

A: We cannot fool around with defaulting. It's part of what's created the uncertainty that we know, at least economically, the threats of shutting down, the threats of default. Business needs certainty in order to invest and it's important that our leaders act responsibly around this issue.

Q. What did you make of the House Republican's last attempt to tie debt ceiling to restoring the sequester cuts to veteran pensions?

A: What I would say is we need to, as much possible, ask our leaders to act without brinksmanship or gamesmanship around these issues.

Q. So you're against the sequester?

A: As people have said repeatedly, sequestration is the absolute wrong way of making the cuts. Nobody in business would cut across the board, they would cut strategically. And we are going to have to make difficult cuts but we are not going to do it effectively when we do it through sequestration.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Georgia Senate race , Mar 6, 2014

Make smart short and mid-term investments to drive growth

Job creation and economic growth is my top priority. We must invest in our infrastructure, ensure that our educational system at every level is teaching the skills our young people need to succeed in a rapidly changing economy, and reverse the downward trends in basic research and development funding. We also have to create a simpler tax code and roll back unnecessary regulations that impede business development.

In order to afford these necessary investments, we have to make tough choices and cut spending. Federal budget deficits and rising debt inhibit our ability to make long-term investments critical to growing our economy, including in education, research, infrastructure, and workforce training. We need to be making decisions now to address the long-term growth of entitlements. We need to make smart short and mid-term investments to drive growth, and make long-term fiscal decisions that will ensure a strong economy and expanded opportunity for the next generation.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, michellenunn.com, "Ideas" , Nov 15, 2013

Budget gridlock holds America hostage & jeopardizes economy

Nunn chastised Washington for the ongoing gridlock in a speech before a group of state constitutional officers. Nunn said reducing the federal deficit and debt, education and job creation through such investments as the Savannah harbor deepening would be her top priorities if she is elected.

But in an interview, Nunn--who has made level-headedness a central theme of her campaign--didn't exactly offer full support to the White House's position of not negotiating with Republicans to end the federal shutdown and to raise the federal debt limit before the Oct. 17 deadline. "I support the Congress coming together to work out a resolution that will ensure that we do not default and that we safeguard and secure the economy," Nunn said. "I think that we need to move forward. We cannot allow for what I call everything from brinkmanship to holding hostage our democracy in order to what I think is just jeopardizing the economy."

Source: Marcus E. Howard on SavanaahNow.com, "Nunn Urges Compromise" , Oct 10, 2013

Supports "Gang of Eight" deal to reduce $17T debt

Nunn said, "I've learned that you can't wait for somebody else to do it. Everybody has an individual role and a responsibility to contribute where they can." Nunn said she intends to make the nation's finances and deficit reduction a key focus of her campaign, picking up where Sen. Saxby Chambliss leaves off. Chambliss, a Republican who retires next year, has played a central role in the so far unsuccessful "Gang of Eight" effort to craft a deal to reduce the $17 trillion federal debt.
Source: Jim Galloway in Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Jul 22, 2013

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