'We Didn't Need A Super Committee In The First Place,' Sen. Inhofe Says

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | November 21, 2011 | 7:47 PM EST

“We didn’t need a Super Committee in the first place” to do Congress’ job, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) responded today to the committee’s failure to reach an agreement to effect $1.2 trillion in budget cuts.

Reacting to the committee’s failure, Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.) said:  "We didn’t need a Super Committee in the first place, because it should be up to Congress to make these tough decisions.”

Republicans, he said, will now strive to reform welfare and repeal Obamacare to reduce government’s out-of-control spending by $2.4 trillion:

“I have joined with my Senate colleagues in supporting legislative measures that would reform our welfare entitlement programs and repeal Obamacare.  Together, that could save well over $2.4 trillion in ten years.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, suggested that Pres. Obama actually prevented the Super Committee from succeeding, so he could benefit politically from its failure:

“Had the president made clear he wanted an agreement, a deal would have been achieved. It seems clear he wanted a campaign issue instead. Rather than confronting the great threat of our time—our $15 trillion debt—the commander-in-chief fled the battlefield. That’s not clever; it’s irresponsible.”

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on the other hand, tried to put a positive spin on the news of the super committee’s failure:

“The good news is that even without an agreement, $1.2 trillion will still be cut from the deficit.”

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