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Reid: El Senado Actuara Para Prevenir un Incumplimiento, Mantener Viva a la Economía

REID: EL SENADO ACTUARA PARA PREVENIR UN INCUMPLIMIENTO,

MANTENER VIVA LA ECONOMIA

Washington, D.C.- El Líder de la Mayoría del Senado Harry Reid hizo las siguientes declaraciones

 

“La Cámara de Representantes todavía no ha votado sobre el plan del Presidente de la Cámara Boehner, pero aun así, es un plan imperfecto.

“Por eso llevan días pasando trabajos para aprobar este proyecto de ley que no solo es defectuoso sino que tampoco tiene el apoyo de ningún demócrata. Contra viento y marea han continuado hacia adelante, sólo tomando en cuenta a los republicanos.

“Pero un plan a corto plazo, como este, solo es una curita para una crisis mundial y es una vergüenza para el Congreso, para este país y para el mundo.

“Todos los senadores demócratas – 53 – le informamos al Presidente de la Cámara que su proyecto de ley no será aprobado en el Senado, ya que no votaríamos a favor de una extensión a corto plazo. Esto llevaría a nuestra gran nación a otro espectáculo igual, de forma predeterminada en un par de semanas.
“Una vez más vuelvo a decir: en unos pocos meses no vamos a librar otra batalla igual a esta.

“Pero el incumplimiento de nuestras obligaciones, tampoco es una opción. No podemos desperdiciar más tiempo esperando que la Cámara tome una decisión. Ya es hora que los republicanos pongan punto final a la politiquería y se comprometan a negociar.

“No importa cuánto tiempo se demoren los republicanos, el plazo es el mismo. Tenemos horas – repito, horas – para actuar.

“Por eso, al final de la jornada de hoy, tengo que tomar una decisión sobre el proyecto de ley del Senado.

“El proyecto de ley brinda  $ 2,4 billón en recortes al déficit durante la próxima década y evita un incumplimiento con nuestras obligaciones. Este plan protegería al Seguro Social y al Medicare, sin aumentar ni un centavo de impuestos. Sé que el proyecto de ley demócrata del Senado no es perfecto en para ojos republicanos. Pero tampoco es perfecto para los demócratas. Es un proyecto que tomó en cuenta necesidades mutuas, las necesidades del país.

“Juntos, debemos buscar que funcione para todos nosotros. Es la única opción.

“Hasta el senador republicano de Arizona, John McCain, rival del Presidente Obama en las últimas elecciones presidenciales, le pidió a su partido que busque un consenso.

“Espero que mi amigo, el Senador Mitch McConnell, al final del día me indique cuáles son las ideas constructivas que tiene para sacar este proceso adelante.

“Mi puerta está abierta. Voy a contemplar cualquier idea que ayude a evitar un incumplimiento y una peligrosa rebaja a la calificación crediticia de los Estados Unidos.

“Un voto a favor el acuerdo del Senado será un voto que honra las obligaciones financieras de esta gran nación – pagar nuestras cuentas.

“Un voto en contra de este proyecto de ley será un voto contra la credibilidad y el crédito de los Estados Unidos de América.

“No habrá tiempo para votar otro proyecto de ley o considerar otra opción aquí en el Senado. Ninguna otra opción.

“Esta es nuestra última y la mejor oportunidad para preservar la reputación y el crédito de nuestra gran nación”.

CONTACTO: José Dante Parra/Nathaly Arriola

Date: Friday, July 29, 2011

 

REID: SENATE WILL ACT TO AVERT DEFAULT, KEEP THE ECONOMY ALIVE

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding a path forward to avert a default crisis. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

 

Although the House of Representatives has not yet voted on Speaker Boehner’s plan, that plan is flawed.

 

 

 

That is why they have struggled for days to pass this inadequate legislation without a single Democrat. They have plowed forward, looking only to Republicans.

 

But as with the battle to pass a Continuing Resolution and keep our government open for business a few months ago, the Republican leadership was unable to get the votes with only Republicans. Speaker Boehner had to look to Democrats.

 

That’s how it’s supposed to work – Democrats and Republicans working together.

 

A Band-Aid approach to a world crisis is an embarrassment to Congress, to this country and to the world.

 

United Senate Democrats – all 53 of us – have informed the Speaker that his legislation was doomed in the Senate, because we would not vote for a short-term extension of the debt ceiling. It would put our great nation on the path to another default extravaganza in a few weeks.

 

Virtually every expert – every economist, every rating agency, every market analyst – has said the kind of short-term plan the Speaker proposed was no answer to the crisis Republicans have created. If we are trying to avert the kind of financial calamity default would bring, the Republicans’ plan is not was not a solution.

 

As the experts say, all too soon we would be back in the midst of partisan wrangling, with our economy once again held prisoner by extremist Tea Party Republicans.

 

Our economy cannot bear this kind of uncertainty any longer.

 

Congress and the White House are on lockdown, and the business of the country is not being conducted.

 

I say no, not again will we fight another battled like the one in which we are now engaged.

 

But default is not an option, either. And we cannot wait for the House any longer.

 

It is time for Republicans to stop the political games and embrace compromise.

 

No matter how long Republicans delay, the deadline will not move. We have hours – I repeat, hours – to act.

 

That is why, by the end of the day today, I must take action on the Senate’s compromise legislation.

 

The legislation in point would cut $2.4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade and avert a default on our national debt. It would protect Social Security and Medicare without raising a penny of revenue.

 

The question is – will today’s Republicans break away from the shrill voice of the Tea Party and return to the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan?

 

This is likely our last chance to save this nation from default.

 

I have invited Sen. McConnell to sit down with me, and to negotiate in good faith knowing the clock is running down. I hope will accept my offer.

 

I know the Senate compromise bill Democrats have offered is not perfect in Republican’ eyes. Nor is it perfect for Democrats.

 

But together, we must make it work for all of us. It is the only option.

 

The settlement on the table will never give either party everything it wants. But it already meets the Republicans’ demands.

 

John McCain, the Republican senior senator from Arizona and President Obama’s opponent in the last presidential election, has asked his party to compromise.

 

It “is not fair to the American people, to hold out and say we won’t agree to raising the debt limit,” he said. He called the radical Republican approach “unfair” and “bizarro.”

 

“It’s time we listened to the markets,” he said. “It’s time we listened to the American people and sit down and seriously negotiate.”

 

And former Senator Fred Thompson, a Republican, asked members of his own party to come to their senses.

 

“I respectfully suggest that you rake in your chips [and] stuff them in your pockets,” Thompson urged Republicans.

 

I hope my friend, Sen. McConnell, will come to me by the end of the day and indicate what constructive ideas he has to move the process along.

 

My door is open. I will listen to any idea to get this done in a way that prevents a default and a dangerous downgrade to America’s credit rating.

 

Time is short, and too much is at stake to waste even one more minute.

 

The last train is leaving the station.

 

The vote on this compromise will determine whether we enter the frightening world of default.

 

A vote for the Senate compromise will be a vote to honor the financial obligations of this great nation – to pay the bills.

 

A vote against this compromise will be a vote to default on the full faith and credit of the United States of America.

 

There will be no time left to vote on another bill or consider another option here in the Senate. None.

 

This is our last, best chance to preserve the character and credit of this great nation.

 

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