Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) came to La Cañada Flintridge on Wednesday to decry the partisan division in Congress and warn that it could lead to economic devastation.
“This is a terrible way to run a government. It is a byproduct, I think, of an extraordinarily hyper-partisan environment, where compromise is a bad word,” Schiff said at a luncheon meeting of Kiwanis Club La Cañada. “We know what needs to be done. There's a limited range of options, none of them all that palatable, but they have to be done.”
Schiff laid out the pressing financial issues facing Congress: the need to raise the debt ceiling once again, to extend or otherwise mitigate the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, and to avoid spending cuts — or sequestration — triggered if Congress doesn't put a debt-reduction plan in place.
“To go into a situation at the end of the year, where we have the massive cuts required by sequestration as well as significant tax increases, would be basically a double-barreled blast to the economy,” he said. “Some economists predict it might be enough to push us back into another recession.”