Bennet, Udall urge action on deficit reduction

DENVER — Colorado’s senators are urging the White House and congressional leaders to take action on the federal deficit.

Michael Bennet and Mark Udall issued the call today before the proposal from the president’s deficit commission failed to win enough support to lead to quick congressional action.

The proposal will still survive because it won backing from a bipartisan majority.

After the vote, Bennet said he would have supported sending it to Congress to drive action even though he didn’t agree with everything in it.

Bennet and Udall signed a letter with 11 other Democrats calling the plan a “courageous first step.”

It relies on tax increases and painful spending cuts — including a hike in the retirement age — to slash $4 trillion over the coming decade.


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