Day Lee Briefing
Today, Senator Lee is flying back to Washington.
From the Senator’s Desk
Courtesy of Politico:
Time for a cut, cap & balance budget?
by: Sen. Jim DeMint and Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Ron Johnson and Sen. Marco Rubio?
March 16, 2012 04:42 AM EDT
The most important policy imperative in the world today is for the United States to balance its budget. Though the reasons we must do so are economic, the reasons we should are fundamentally moral.
Everything our republic means to our citizens, and everything America means to the world – friend and foe alike – depends on our ability to pay our bills and honor our debts.
The full faith and credit of the United States — on which depends our reputation and, ultimately, our security, prosperity and freedom — is at risk today as never before. In recent years, under presidents and Congresses of both parties, we have racked up yawning deficits and mushrooming debt that now pose a danger to America as we know it.
Without immediate action to control federal spending, deficits will continue to grow as a proportion of gross domestic product, and our accumulated national debt will soon reach world-destabilizing levels.
Washington can no longer afford to delude itself or the American people about the threat of the looming debt crisis. Our choice is no longer between a (seemingly) painless status quo and painful budget cuts. The status quo is crumbling.
Read the rest: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74097.html
Around the Water Cooler
The Supreme Court indicated Monday that it could throw out an $18 million penalty against a natural gas company convicted of an environmental violation in Rhode Island.
As the attorney for an Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians prepared to meet his client for the first time Monday, a retired U.S. general suggested the fallout from the massacre could lead to American troops beginning to return home from Afghanistan within weeks.
Tomorrow, Senator Lee will meet with representatives of Salt Lake Community College, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Humanities Advocacy Group, the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, the Utah Bankers’ Association, and Mountain West Small Business Finance.