WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today made the following statement after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appointed U.S. Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to the super committee. These leaders will join nine other lawmakers chosen by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to find a solution to the current debt crisis.


“Creating committees and commissions to solve our debt problem is something only Washington would do.  I am pleased that Senator McConnell has selected solid conservatives in Senators Kyl, Toomey and Portman to represent Senate Republicans on the so-called super committee.  They have repeatedly demonstrated they are conservatives who favor low taxes and a small limited government.  The previous experiences of these three Senators make them quality choices, and I am confident that they will work well with Representatives Hensarling, Camp and Upton on the House side.

“Even so, we don’t need a committee or a commission to tell us what is necessary.  We must cut spending.  The best place to start is by cutting President Obama’s nearly 30 percent increase in federal spending and his three budgets with deficits that have totaled $4.5 trillion.  Under his presidency, deficit spending has exploded and our debt is out of control.  Cutting spending to immediately undo what he has done over the past three years would be a good start to putting our fiscal house in order.”