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Roe Statement on President Obama’s Debt Address to the Nation

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Washington, July 26, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the nation on negotiations over a debt ceiling increase:

I find it very troubling that President Obama is playing politics with serious issues we are facing during this debt crisis. His lack of concrete solutions to our debt crisis is a failure of leadership and is disappointing to the American people.

One point remains clear – the president and Congress need to stand together and get their fiscal house in order. Since March 1962, the debt ceiling has been raised 74 times, which proves our country needs more accountability. The Cut, Cap and Balance Act  that the House passed last week requires Congress to send a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment to the states, which, in my view, is the most important long-term reform we can achieve. 

I came to Congress to get our nation back on track and that includes making the tough decisions that will put us on a path to prosperity.  I urge the Senate to join House Republicans and pass legislation that will get our nation out of this debt crisis and move our economy towards economic recovery.

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