From the office of Republican Adam Kinzinger (11th District)...
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) today issued the following statement on his vote against H.R. 1954, legislation that would increase the government's ability to borrow by $2.4 trillion without implementing any spending cuts or budgetary reforms:
"Last November, the American people sent a clear message to Washington -- cut spending. I came to Washington to do exactly that.
"Unfortunately, the President's Administration along with more than 100 congressional Democrats did not get that message and insisted that Congress vote on a 'clean' extension of the debt ceiling without any spending cuts. "Under no circumstances will I support this irresponsible legislation which increases the federal government's credit limit without any budgetary reforms. It is high time that we cut up the government's credit cards and draw a hard line to stop the government from overspending which is hampering our economy's ability to grow and thrive. We must force the government to stop spending more money than we take in and focus our efforts toward growing the private sector, where jobs are created.
"We cannot give up, shutdown and simply hope that the one political party will cave. Should Congress fail to adequately address our debt, our nation will experience similar consequences as if we were to default on our debt. In addition to creating even greater economic uncertainty for job creation, Americans would see a significant downgrade in our credit rating along with an increase in the cost of imports.
"The House only controls one stem of the legislative branch. It's time for the Senate and the President to work together with the House to put forward solutions that will refuel our economy and ensure that we leave our children and grandchildren with a stronger, more resilient nation than the one we inherited."