Schiff Attends Meeting at White House with President Obama

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Schiff Attends Meeting at White House with President Obama

Blue Dog Coalition Discusses Fiscal Reforms with President

Washington, DC – Late yesterday, Rep. Adam Schiff and fellow members of the Blue Dog Coalition met with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss the need for long-term fiscal reform, including ways to balance the budget and bring much-needed accountability to the federal government. The meeting lasted for over an hour and Rep. Schiff personally raised with the President the need to put in place a mechanism to address the country's long term budget problems.

“It is great to have a President who is willing to listen to a broad range of ideas from a diverse set of people,” said Schiff. “We all acknowledge the need to inject money into the economy to create jobs and that will mean deficits for some time, but we have long-term structural problems that also need to be addressed. I appreciate the President meeting with us and look forward to working with him to develop a plan to get back to a balanced budget and ultimately reduce the national debt.”

Rep. Schiff has supported pay-as-you-go rules and other budgetary reforms throughout his tenure in Congress. The Blue Dog Coalition has been a longstanding advocate of responsible fiscal policy and is committed to working with the President and leaders in Congress to take meaningful steps to put the country back on a path to fiscal and economic sustainability.

The fiscally responsible Democratic Blue Dog Coalition was formed in 1995 around a core set of beliefs that transcend partisan politics, including a deep commitment to the financial stability and national security of the United States. Currently there are 49 members of the Blue Dog Coalition. For more information, visit the Blue Dog Website at http://www.house.gov/ross/BlueDogs/.