Freshman Rep. slams Gregg

Freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) had some strong words today for one of his party's senior senators.

Through a series of tweets, Chaffetz slammed Sen. Judd Gregg (R-Utah), ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, for proposing an independent commission to rein in the cost of entitlement programs.

"Gregg is wrong, wrong, wrong. It is Congress' job, not a commission, to deal with debt," Chaffetz tweeted.

His words only got more strident from there.

"Gregg should go home now if he can't do his job. He is not there to hand out passes," the Utah Republican wrote.

Gregg and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) have pushed for a commission to restructure entitlement programs. The commission's proposals would then receive an up or down vote in Congress with no possibility for changes.

Proponents say the regular political order has proven itself incapable of making the serious changes that entitlement programs demand.

But critics say the idea simply gives politicians a convenient excuse to avoid confronting the nation's fiscal problems. 

(Cross-posted to the Briefing Room)


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