Two New York politicians --a Democrat and a Republican--were in the minority, voting NO to the debt limit bill that is now law.Syracuse Area Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (25th District) is the only Republican in NY's delegation to go against the proposal. She bought satellite time on Tuesday afternoon to explain her reasons to Central NY media.
Buerkle--speaking from Capitol Hill--said 'This bill was a rush to a vote. The members were pressured to support it quickly, because of the crisis, again created by the President's, and the Senate's failure to lead.' 'I thought 72-hour rule should have been applied. I think again that would have been reasonable, it would have time to get all the questions answered, get all the concerns taken care of. And, I think that's a better way to legislate, certainly not business as usual. I think this bill was kind of business as usual, and I'm not comfortable with that--I didn't come here to do business as usual.'
In the lunch hour before her news conference, about a dozen demonstrators carried signs outside Syracuse's Federal Building, charging that the Congresswoman's economic agenda would cut social security, medicare and medicade. Buerkle told us she thought the demonstrators were mis-informed: 'But I think that's a great question, Laura, because thanks to AARP and the D triple C (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) , these poor seniors are being fed such misinformation about what's gonna be cut. Neither one of these will be cut-" Buerkle says she also voted against the bill because it does cutDefense and Veterans' benefits: 'I've said constantly that when we deploy our men and women and when we puth them in harm's way, we have a moral obligation to provide them with what they need. Additionally, it allowed for automatic cuts for medicare providers. I have heard from the physicans, I have heard from the hospitals in my district. They're already facing unsustainable cuts because of last year's healthcare law reform.'
The other 'NO' vote comes from Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who says nothing in the deal addresses the 'significant job crisis' we are facing. She says she does not believe the proposal is 'fair, well thought out, or balanced,' that it cuts deeply into discretionary spending while being overwhelmingly stacked in favor of large corporations who exploit loopholes.'
Both politicians say they'd rather see more efforts at creating jobs and getting the economy going as a plan for reducing the debt. Buerkle also says she'd like to see a balanced budget amendment: right now we're baying 42cents, for every dollar we spend.