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“I urge all reasonable members of both parties to support this difficult compromise, and move forward to a more balanced approach that will create jobs and opportunity now,” O’Malley said in a statement issued by the Democratic Governors Association, which he chairs.

“Our nation can retire the Bush deficit only when we employ more of our people,” O’Malley said. “Recklessly driving our country into default would kill our fragile economic recovery. So too would massive, irresponsible public sector cuts.”

O’Malley has been working to draw sharper contrasts between Democrats and Republicans since becoming chairman of the DGA in December. He previously accused moderate Republicans of allowing “the dinosaur wing” of the party to dominate debt discussions in Washington.

The complete text of his statement is below.

Washington, D.C. — Today, Governor Martin O’Malley, the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, released the following statement on the debt ceiling compromise:

“Creating jobs and strengthening the jobs recovery must be our country’s top priority. I urge all reasonable members of both Parties to support this difficult compromise, and move forward to a more balanced approach that will create jobs and opportunity now.

“Recklessly driving our country into default would kill our fragile economic recovery, so too would massive, irresponsible public sector cuts.

“Our nation can retire the Bush-deficit only when we employ more of our people. Never again should we allow a tea-partying, narrow-minded minority-however strongly held their ideology-to drive our great country to the brink of another economic suicide pact.

“Hard-working moms and dads across America want a balanced approach to strengthen our economy and create jobs. People understand that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments. The vast majority of Americans believe our country’s future, our children’s future, is worth the effort and worth the investment.”