Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who reiterated Wednesday he’s “furious” that the federal budget impasse has threatened Virginia’s prized AAA bond rating, sent a letter to President Obama urging a quick solution to the federal deficit talks.
“It is apparent to most governors that the federal budget process is broken,” wrote Mr. McDonnell, a Republican. “The federal government continues to overspend, overpromise, and build up debt. Now, the bills are due. The failure is a stain on both parties and both branches of government.”
Mr. McDonnell also appeared on MSNBC, saying that “we’re exasperated with Washington.”
“For the greatest country in the world to be on the brink of not paying its bills is embarrassing,” he said.
In his letter to the president, Mr. McDonnell emphasized that both parties were to blame for the current crisis, and cited Virginia’s bipartisanship in approving its budget this year as an example the federal government could follow.
Virginia lawmakers are at the center of the high-stakes process; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican, has been a thorn in the side of Mr. Obama during the ongoing budget negotiations, and Sen. Mark R. Warner, a Democrat, is part of the “Gang of Six” whose $3.7 trillion deficit-reduction plan the president has shown support for. Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf has also thrown his support behind the gang’s plan, penning a letter to Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asking for a vote in the U.S. House.
The federal debt ceiling must be raised, Mr. McDonnell wrote, and after the problem is resolved, “I urge you to begin the process of fundamental budgetary and spending reform at the federal level.”
“What is needed now more than anything else is a bipartisan negotiated action that produces concrete results and moves us significantly forward toward the goal of living within our means,” he wrote. “For the good of 300 million Americans, please get the job done.”