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Peterson Honored for Supporting Bipartisan Fiscal Reform
(WASHINGTON, DC) [9/21/2012] – Congressman Collin C. Peterson this week received the Concord Coalition Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award for his support of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (the Simpson-Bowles commission). Peterson was one of only 38 House members who supported the bipartisan budget.
“I know we can balance the budget and reduce the deficit in a responsible way that protects our military families, our senior citizens and our children. I supported Simpson-Bowles because it was the only budget proposal that reduced the deficit responsibly, was bipartisan, and protected Medicare. Once folks stop fighting over ideology, we will be able to start working to put this country back on a solid fiscal path,” Peterson said.
“We are honoring Republican and Democratic House members who this year put the national interest above political partisanship,” said Robert L. Bixby, Concord’s executive director. “Instead of pursuing narrow agendas, they put everything on the table, made tough choices and called for shared sacrifice. Their plan could rein in projected deficits and put the United States on a more responsible and sustainable course – one that would protect our nation’s strength and shield future generations of Americans from crippling national debt.”
The Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award, named for one of Concord’s founding co-chairmen, honors those who have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal and generational responsibility. Over the years it has been given to individuals of varied backgrounds and political affiliations for their lasting contributions to America’s economic health.