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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS CONTACT: Steven Chlapecka - schlapecka@ppionline.org, T: 202.525.3931

 PPI WARNS OF RIGID IDEOLOGUES ON SUPERCOMMITTEE

Statement by PPI on the New Congressional "Supercommittee"

WASHINGTON D.C. -- PPI issued the following statement on the new congressional "supercommittee":

"The composition of the congressional supercommittee gives leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives a unique opportunity to forge a bipartisan plan for deficit reduction. PPI encourages both Democratic and Republican congressional leadership to appoint pragmatic members and give them the political flexibility needed to make difficult sacrifices that put our country's future before partisan interest.

"If the supercommittee is composed of rigid ideologues who staunchly refuse to compromise on increased tax revenues or reformed entitlement programs, this week's legislation will trigger unnecessary cuts to discretionary and defense spending. PPI fears these draconian cuts would further weaken our economy, sacrifice overdue investments in infrastructure and education, and cripple our military. Failure to compromise on the deficit's biggest drivers—entitlements and taxes—should not jeopardize these national priorities."

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The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century. Through research, policy analysis and dialogue, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.


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