Farris says Labrador refuses to work with Democrats to end gridlock, hurting economy

Idaho's 1st District Democrat Jimmy Farris said Rep. Raul Labrador, a favorite of tea party groups who is opposed to any tax increases, is contributing to inaction in Washington that threatens the economy.

“We’re really starting to see the consequences of the actions of politicians like Congressman Labrador, who refuse to work with those on the other side of the aisle to find solutions," Farris said in a news release Monday. "It is beyond irresponsible to put the financial security of the country in jeopardy for the sake of political grandstanding. We need to send a clear message this November that this kind of recklessness is inexcusable. I believe in attacking problems, not people."

Farris cited a Sunday New York Times story reporting that "manufacturers are canceling new investments and putting off new hires because they fear paralysis in Washington will force hundreds of billions in tax increases and budget cuts in January, undermining economic growth in the coming months."

Labrador's campaign manager, China Gum, declined comment, continuing the campaign's practice of ignoring the poorly-funded challenger.

The Farris news release follows:

Farris responds to economic threat posed by congressional gridlock

MERIDIAN, ID- 1st Congressional District candidate Jimmy Farris responded today to a New York Times report that many businesses are halting spending out of fear of the fallout from the current state of gridlock in Congress.

The article stated that many manufacturers have cancelled investments and equipment orders and frozen hiring in preparation for the economic downturn that could result from Congress’ lack of agreement on extending Bush-era tax breaks past January. Automatic spending cuts are set to take effect in January, and the combination of a $399 billion increase in taxes and a $100 billion decrease in spending create an economic threat known as “the fiscal cliff.”

The gridlock resulting from Congress’ inability to agree on how to deal with the budget deficit could mean a total impact of over $600 billion and a 1.3 percent decrease in the economy in the first half of 2013.

“This is exactly why we need a change in Congress,” said Farris. “We’re really starting to see the consequences of the actions of politicians like Congressman Labrador, who refuse to work with those on the other side of the aisle to find solutions. It is beyond irresponsible to put the financial security of the country in jeopardy for the sake of political grandstanding. We need to send a clear message this November that this kind of recklessness is inexcusable. I believe in attacking problems, not people. I have experience working with people of all different backgrounds and ideologies in order to accomplish a goal. I will take that experience to Washington and find solutions instead of running the country into the ground for the sake of furthering my own ambitions. I believe in solutions and not sound bites.”

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Mr. Farris,

What is your reaction to Obama and Reid labeling nearly every GOP proposal DOA? Gridlock is a good thing when the option is caving in to Marxists.