U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., wrote The Advocate attempting to attack my efforts to stop out-of-control government spending. Landrieu’s comments are typical of Washington liberals.

Landrieu states that I have made misleading claims, but never disputes my facts. Instead, she tries to distract Advocate readers with irrelevant information such as how many times Congress has raised the debt ceiling. What she fails to understand is that the American people and the people of Louisiana are tired of Washington politicians increasing our debt.

The senator lists a litany of reasons which she attributes to our current problem, yet the fact is that she helped create the problem. The Senate, under control of liberal Democrats, has refused to do anything or offer any solutions. In fact, they have failed to produce or agree to a budget in more than 820 days. They have failed to discuss or even debate in front of the American people two proposals that we have sent to them, both of which include balanced-budget amendments.

It is shocking that Washington liberals don’t want the American people even considering a vote to balance the federal budget.

The U.S. House of Representatives has tried to address our looming debt crisis for months now. In the process, we have offered many common-sense solutions.

I don’t want to raise the debt ceiling, but I am willing to seek a temporary fix if the Senate and the president agree that we should cut spending by an amount greater than what we raise the debt ceiling, we cap future spending as a reasonable percentage of GDP, and we enact a balanced-budget amendment — something the senator previously has said she would agree to. A balanced-budget amendment creates the permanent fix we all need.

The senator’s fingerprints are all over Washington’s out-of-control spending, high unemployment and current debt. Clearly the message that the voters sent in November did not reach her home in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia


New Iberia