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Roe Statement on “Clean” Debt Limit Increase

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Washington, May 31, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) issued the following statement after voting to oppose H.R. 1954, legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling without any accompanying spending reforms:

“Raising the debt ceiling without simultaneously incorporating enforceable spending cuts and serious reforms will only burden our future generations with outrageous debt.  The greatest threat to our economy would be to increase the debt limit without taking significant steps towards a balanced budget. 

“The president and many Democrats asked for a ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase, meaning they want to continue taxing, spending and borrowing more money with no strings attached.  This legislation’s failure makes clear that meaningful spending cuts and deficit reduction must be part of any bill to increase the debt limit. My view is we must not raise the debt ceiling by $1 without corresponding cuts in spending and real steps towards a balanced budget.”

H.R. 1954 failed in the House by a vote of 97 to 318.


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