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Benoit Joins Group to Push for Debt Deal

The council member will serve on a steering committee and executive council of fixthedebt.org.

Anne Arundel County Council member Jamie Benoit (D-4) is helping lead a coalition urging Congress to reach a deal to address the nation’s debt problem. 

Benoit and a wide range of business and political leaders in Maryland announced the launch of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, with a goal of finding long-term solutions to the debt crisis while avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and immediate spending cuts. 

Benoit, an Army veteran who is the founder of Federal Data Systems, Inc., serves on the Maryland Steering Committee and is the small business representative on its three-person CEO Leadership Council. 

In a press release, he said Marylanders have already been impacted by the general uncertainty regarding spending cuts and taxation, and urged President Obama and Congress to strike a deal before January 1, when sequestration kicks in.

“The debt is a massive problem, but it’s one that affects every layer of the economy. It’s not just big companies that are feeling this, it’s smaller, veteran-owned companies like us, too,” Benoit said. 

Benoit said he will lead a “fly-in” to Washington next week where coalition members will meet with lawmakers.

The Maryland Steering Committee of the Campaign to Fix the Debt includes both Democrats and Republicans. Members include Chip DiPaula, a former chief of staff to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, and Donald Fry, the President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. 

For a full list of members and to see the group’s petition, head to www.fixthedebt.org.

Chris W November 23, 2012 at 03:05 PM
How about a more accurate title for the article. " Benoit joins group to further his political career"
Janet Cobbs November 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM
How many others have stepped up to take the task on? I believe his intentions are honorable and I wish him Gods speed. Janet Cobbs
Jeff Andrade November 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
What a farce. Obama and Congress already reached a deal - mostly on Obama's terms -- it's now time to pay the piper for those past actions. On January 1, taxes will go back up about 20 percent while the "immediate spending cuts" will be only one-quarter of one percent (none from Social Security, Medicaid, military and federal pay, or veteran's benefits) resulting in a reduction to the deficit (at least on paper) of about $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Obama pushed for most of these things - the new Obamacare taxes, expiration of the Bush tax cuts and AMT "fixes", and cuts in military spending. Any new post-election "deal" is likely to result in smaller deficit reductions, more taxes, more cuts to defense, less cuts to domestic programs or all of the above. Let the people like Benoit and other Democrats who supported Obama get what they voted for, so they will have no one to blame but themselves when the economy slides further back into recession as these new taxes stifle growth and investment while the government continues to spend more money it doesn't have. And nobody is talking about the debt ceiling which will be exceeded again in Feb unless it is raised again further, even more taxes are imposed, or spending is actually cut. The only way to "fix the debt" is for the federal government to spend less than it brings in -- something that families do every paycheck but politicians don't have the guts to do.

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