Rep. Dold's Blog in The Hill about the Need for a Bipartisan Budget

Congress needs to pass a bipartisan budget that addresses the fiscal challenges facing our nation today.

This week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated “if the fiscal policies currently in place are continued in the coming years, the revenues collected by the federal government will fall far short of federal spending, putting the budget on an unsustainable path.” This is unacceptable. With trillion dollar deficits and a skyrocketing debt, now is the time to put people before politics and progress before partisanship. That is why I was proud to co-sponsor the only bipartisan budget that has been voted on in the House of Representatives in decades.

Clearly, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the fiscal crisis that faces our nation. We can’t just raise taxes on millionaires and we can’t just cut spending and expect that everything will be fine. We must work together, find common ground, and move forward policies that will put our nation back on a sustainable economic path. There are a lot of things we can agree on. We know that we need to rein in spending and we know that we need pro-growth tax reform. These are places that we can start to come together and find bipartisan agreement amongst Independents, Republicans, and Democrats. We have no other choice if we are truly serious about spurring the economy and empowering businesses to hire more workers.

First and foremost, we must begin to operate on a budget. Every family in this nation operates on a budget. They know that if they spend more than they make, that they will be in serious financial trouble. The CBO is telling the government the same thing. It’s just commonsense. However, despite an obvious solution to the problems plaguing our nation- the Senate has failed to pass a budget in over 1,120 days. Enough is enough. It is the obligation of Congress to pass a budget and it is shameful that some in this body would rather kick the can down the road than make the tough decisions.

No budget will be perfect. It will require compromise, it will require hard work, and it will require putting partisan rhetoric aside so that we can move forward and find ways to implement a long-term solution to the fiscal challenges our nation faces. As one of 38 people to vote for the bipartisan Cooper-LaTourette budget, I will continue to come to the table and listen to any serious proposal. I would urge my colleagues in both chambers to do that same.



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RB May 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
A start to a bipartisan budget would be for Mr. Dold to remove his signature from the Grover Norquist No New Revenue Pledge! Otherwise, how can Mr. Dold be bipartisan if he has pledged to never vote for new revenue? How can he have it both ways? Pretty simple, Mr. Dold do you still pledge to Mr. Norquist or are you bipartisan?
Chris F May 25, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Sadly, the perception these days is that compromise is a dirty word in congress. Maintaining a pure ideology on either side might play well to the respective party base, but gets nowhere in solving our issues. It isn't surprising then to see growing energy behind movements like No Labels pushing for Congress to adopt reforms on itself to try and drive itself towards more compromise.
Mike May 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Mr Dold's comments sound positive, hopefully he will deliver. I'll be waiting for his update on specific actions/results... I'm all for solving the debt issue through balanced growth and spending cuts. As long as all citizens participate in the solution. RB... The Norquist name still comes up but I'm not sure it still carries as much weight as earlier years. I might be wrong because... I typically don't pay attention to him. Personally, I think Norquist has caused more damage that good.
RB May 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Mr. Dold, do you still pledge No New Revenue as you did when you signed the Grover Norquist Pledge? Are you bipartisan as you say you are? Are you going to void your contract with Mr. Norquist?
A Deer in a Field May 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Mr. Dold, you neglected to mention that you also voted for the Ryan budget, which which was not bipartisan in any way. If enacted, it would cut services for the poorest and elderly, change Medicare for those under 55 to a underfunded voucher program and cut taxes for the top bracket earners. Holding a symbolic vote on a fake budget that garnered 38 votes is not real courage or compromise - just because several very conservative democrats supported it does not make it bipartisan. The bill you reference proposes very small tax increases, and deeper domestic cuts than Simpson-Bowles. If you really want to be bipartisan, come up with or support a bill that a simple majority of democrats can support. A bipartisan approach would not be loved by anyone, but would reduce spending and increase revenues in a compromise that neither party would love but a majority of both parties would support. Stop posturing and do the real work of prioritizing our spending needs against revenues. Anyone who voted for the Ryan budget cannot seriously claim to be bipartisan.
RB May 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Moderate? Bipartisan? Election season! That's all. These press releases are in conflict with your pledge to Norquist and your voting record. You'll be back spraying bugs in just a few months....
Mike May 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
RB... I agree we need to understand Dold's position on the Grover Norquist pledge and I too would like to see Dold walk away from that goof Norquist... That being said and excluding Norquist... What other specific comments can you make that help us understand why we should be against Dold. No politician is perfect but it does seem Dold is making an effort to work with both sides to get things done, from this perspective, I think Dold is an OK candidate. Notice I said OK and not great or even good. I might be wrong, please enlighten me... Most politicians, Republicans and Democrats, don't have the courage to vote outside their party's direction. For too many years I allowed a political party to exclusively guide my political positions, No more... I now exercise free thought and have found that the best available option could very well be somebody I wouldn't have voted for 5 years ago because of their party. I'm not suggesting that Dold is leading an effort to be more independent, however, he does seem to show some signs of a more moderate stance. Again, I might be unaware and would appreciate more specific info on Dold. The gridlock must go or we will be a second tier nation within five years.
RB May 28, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Mike, fair question. I can't gloss over his pledge to Norquist which is enough to rule him out as a good Congressman. I want one who has not pledged his votes before he even entered office. So, moving on. Dold voted for the Ryan Budget which basically does away with Medicare and makes senior healthcare unaffordable if inflation continues, He voted to abolish the affordable care act, He voted to defund Dodd-Frank at a time that we need regulation (recent JP Morgan issue?), He has voted against the EPA, he voted a 'show' vote to end taxpayer funding of abortions (unneeded, they are not funded by taxpayers), he voted against the repeal of DADT.....there are others. Now, he gets to cast a few 'moderate' votes when the Republicans don't need his vote so that he can appear moderate at election time. It's an old campaign trick to bump his voting record toward moderate. He's voted with Joe Walsh over 70% of the time...not a moderate.
Mike May 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM
RB... Thanks for the response. I know more now than I did yesterday. The Ryan budget is too aggresive. However, doing nothing is also a bad option. How do we get to a point where there is a meaningful budget plan that contains a balance between growth and spending cuts? In Dold's article above... I focused on the following..."As one of 38 people to vote for the bipartisan Cooper-LaTourette budget" and gave him a little credit for working within a bipartisan effort.
RB May 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Mike, the end of the year will be interesting. We are headed toward a cliff if the economy takes the type hit that it may if all the spending is rolled back at the same time along with the Bush/Obama tax cuts. Some have guessed up to a 3% hit to GDP. So, we'll see if this Congress can do something when they truly have to or if each side will be more driven by votes back home than what the country needs. I'm sure we'll be watching for how independent and moderate Mr. Dold may or may not be. Compromise is possible without giving up everything one believes in....it's actually worked for over 200 years...
irving drobny May 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM
mr. dold, if you do not renounce your pledge to mr. norquist you have no intention of compromising. we here in 10 judge you by your deeds, not your words. maybe a dem. congressman in 10 would be better for us? just asking
RB May 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Finally, Mr. Dold's Norquist allegiance is gaining some traction. 'moderates' don't pledge their votes to Grover Norquist before they take the oath to the 10th. He did. He won't renounce. Now, he has to run as a 'moderate'. The tenth is smarter than that!
Katherine June 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Dold does not compromise. He only "appears" to when he can take easy votes that he knows won't pass. He has voted 90% with the Tea Part and has contributed to grid lock. People see through smoke and mirrors. Want more Norquist/ Ryan budget. Vote him back in. Want compromise and sensible government - vote Schneider in.
Katherine June 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Norquist has caused more damage than good. Unfortunately, he is still around and demands allegiance.
RB June 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
A few Republicans are starting to separate from Grover Norquist. Simpson and Jeb Bush come to mind. I think McCain would too, if not an election year. He's also probably going to be okay with the President's wise decision not to chase and deport youngsters. If the Republicans gets back to normal (ie: Reagan and 41) , then we may start seeing some progress in Washington. The party of Lincoln or the party of Norquist? Yet to be seen.
Anne June 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
It is disgusting to think that our representatives Pledge Allegiance to Grover Norquist. Until Dold takes the step and denounces his allegiance to Norquist and back to the people of the 10th he just isn't representing the people. Just the Party of Grover.


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