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Aug 10, 2011 11:14 PM by Maddie Garrett

Boustany, Landry Weigh In On Debt Reduction Committee

Congressional leadership is rounding up the 12 member Super Committee being put together to reduce the nation's debt. On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner named his picks, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to name hers in the next few days.

But after bitter bipartisan battles over the debt ceiling deal, the question now being asked is: are we in for round two with this super committee?
KATC spoke to Acadiana Congressmen Charles Boustany (R - LA 7) and Jeff Landry (R - LA 3) today, both just home from Washington D.C., to get their take on what's to come.

"But I think this is a good step forward, is it adequate, is it enough? No. But we're not going to change 50 years of runaway federal spending with one bill," said Boustany.

Boustany seems optimistic, saying those on the super committee have the hardest job yet, but believes a solution is out there. Boustany said he and other legislators plan to backup the super committee.

"So the regular committees will have a lot of input, and the key is they have to come up with about $1.5 trillion in cuts otherwise we're going to see automatic cuts across the board that are going to kick in," explained Boustany.

It's been said by putting the automatic cuts provision in the bill, Congress is holding a gun to its own head. And Congressman Landry doesn't think that's a wise move.

"To just go and just say, if this committee doesn't do its job to arbitrarily just cut $500 billion out of defense, I think is irresponsible," said Landry.

Landry said he sees problems with the super committee because it doesn't guarantee a balanced budget, and the tough decisions shouldn't be up to a select dozen lawmakers.

"There is a committee, it's called the committee of the whole. It is the full body of the House of Representatives, the debate should be on that floor," said Landry.

The Super Committee must be formed by August 16th, and must propose a plan to reduce the nation's debt by Thanksgiving.

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