Congressman explains debt deal

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, compares the nation's debt and spending agreement to a baseball game. And he isn't about to say that Congress and President Barack Obama hit one out of the park. "It was a single. We got someone on base,' Huizenga said of the deal that prevented the federal government from defaulting. "It (budget deal) doesn't go far enough.'
Len Painter
Aug 4, 2011

Huizenga, who was in Grand Haven on Wednesday to attend change of command ceremonies for the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, said he voted for the measure because he is committed to overall spending caps and a balanced budget amendment — two features of the deal.

“We’re not done with debt ceiling conversations,” he told the Tribune. “We still have a long way to go.”

This week, Congress and the president agreed on a debt and spending deal in which 12 House and Senate lawmakers have been assigned to trim at least $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over the next decade. If the committee fails to act, $1.2 trillion in cuts would automatically go into effect.

“We’ll see what happens with the joint committee,” Huizenga said.

While the majority of Huizenga’s constituents are in agreement, there are some on the left and right who are not happy, he said.

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