S&P Downgrade Spawns Flurry of Statements from Tennessee Delegation

A downgrade of the nation’s debt by one rating agency has some in Tennessee’s congressional delegation playing the blame game.

Rep. Scott Desjarlais, who voted against last week’s debt deal, said he’s been part of the ongoing effort by House Republicans to put the country on a “fiscally sustainable path.” Desjarlais says Senate Democrats and the President have blocked those efforts to enact what he calls “common sense spending reductions.”

Congressman Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood is calling for the resignation of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

Tennessee’s Senators are taking a less partisan tone. Republican Bob Corker said the downgrade didn’t happen overnight and pledged to work toward larger budget cuts. Senator Lamar Alexander says lawmakers will have to work across party lines to reduce federal spending.

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