Maryland Leaders React To Debt Deal

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) reacted to the debt agreement reached by Congress, breaking the stalemate that brought the nation to the brink of financial default.

Andrea Fujii reports Sen. Cardin was in the room when the deal was announced.

Cardin said he has high expectations for the long-term deal.

“The agreement represents concessions by Democrats and Republicans,” Cardin said. “Clearly I’m disappointed that certain things were left out. I would like a more comprehensive approach to dealing with the deficit.”

Reporter: Seventy-eight percent of Americans according to one poll would like to see revenue as part of the deal. Do you agree with them?

Cardin: I do believe we should close loopholes in our tax code. I’m not interested in raising rates, but I think we can increase revenue by eliminating loopholes and shelters in our tax code.

Reporter: How did the Tea Party influence the debate?

Cardin: The Tea Party brought our nation to the brink of a crisis, and quite frankly they need to understand how to compromise.

“I am pleased that leaders of both parties are having productive discussions,” he said. “A compromise is in the best interest of the American people,” said Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.).

Be sure to stay with WJZ and WJZ.com. We’ll stay on top of the debt debate and let you know as soon as Congress votes on the plan.

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