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Rep. Hall votes “No” against raising federal debt ceiling

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted against H.R. 1954 yesterday, to implement Pres. Obama’s request to increase the statutory limit on the public debt. This bill would raise the debt ceiling without making any spending cuts to the federal budget.

The bill failed House passage, 319 to 94.

Hall said he voted against it because the bill was far out of step with the American people’s demands to cut spending.

“The Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats have repeatedly called on Republicans to pass a ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase without any spending cuts or reforms to the federal budget,” said Hall.

“House Republicans brought this bill to the floor today to demonstrate that a ‘clean’ bill will not pass. This stance is far out-of-step with the American people’s demands to cut spending and save our country from national bankruptcy. After this vote, I am hopeful that serious discussions can now take place between House Republicans and the Democrat-controlled Senate about how to tackle our national deficit.”

He added that his goal and that of House Republicans is a balanced budget.

“When our national debt is more than $14.2 trillion – almost more than our entire economy – and we are borrowing 42 cents of every dollar we spend,  raising the debt limit without significant spending cuts is not an option. I am reluctant to increase the debt limit under any circumstances, because I do not want to provide one dollar more for this President to throw away. It just doesn’t make sense.”

“House Republicans have brought Washington’s spending spree to a halt in order to achieve a balanced budget. I will continue to represent my district by voting for real spending cuts and budget reforms so that once again, our economy can thrive.”

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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