(WDEF) U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander released the following statement on his vote to reopen the government until Jan. 15, 2014:
“I voted in September against shutting down the government, and today I voted to reopen it and to make sure that the United States pays its bills on time. We need to redouble our efforts to fix our country’s $16.7 trillion federal debt. We could start by passing the Corker-Alexander plan to reduce out-of-control entitlement spending by $1 trillion over the next 10 years.”
Alexander and fellow Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker introduced in February the Fiscal Sustainability Act, which would reduce the growth in entitlement spending by $1 trillion over 10 years and help make entitlement programs, including Medicare, solvent.