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Updated: April 19, 2011 15:52 IST

We are committed to fiscal reforms to cut deficit: White House

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U.S. President Barack Obama outlines his fiscal policy in Washington last week. The global rating agency Standard & Poor's on Monday warned of serious consequences, if U.S. lawmakers fail to reach a deal to control the massive federal deficit.
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U.S. President Barack Obama outlines his fiscal policy in Washington last week. The global rating agency Standard & Poor's on Monday warned of serious consequences, if U.S. lawmakers fail to reach a deal to control the massive federal deficit.

The Obama government on Monday said it is geared up for fiscal reforms after rating agency Standard & Poor’s threatened to downgrade the country’s AAA credit rating unless it found a way to cut the rising federal budget deficit in next two years.

” We think the political process will outperform S&P expectations. The President is committed, as he made clear in his speech, to moving forward in a bipartisan way to reach common ground on this important issue of fiscal reform,” the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters at his daily news conference.

The fact that he and Republicans agreed on a target of $ 4 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 to 12 years is an enormously positive development, according to Carney.

Mr. Carney said the S&P affirmed the AAA bond rating of the United States, but emphasised the importance of timely bipartisan cooperation and action on fiscal reform.

“What the S&P analysis also said was the American economy is strong, it’s growing, it’s diversified, it’s dynamic, it continues to be the most important and most powerful economy in the world,” he argued.

On the need to reach a bipartisan approach, he said that U.S. history showed that when the issues are important, both the sides can come together and get things done.

Any call for a bipartisan agreement on deficit reduction on fiscal reform is a welcome one, he said, adding that there was some momentum towards it.

On Saturday a 7.9 magnitude strong earthquake struck Nepal which devastated important historic places. India and some neighbouring countries were also affected. Relief materials from India and other countries were sent to Nepal.


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