Kinzinger Statement in Support of a Resolution of Disapproval of the President’s $1.2 Trillion Debt Increase

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…

Above: Congressman Kinzinger’s speak on the House floor on the disapproval of the President’s request for an increase of $1.2 trillion to the nation’s debt limit.

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), issued the following statement following his vote in support of a resolution of disapproval for the President’s request for an increase of $1.2 trillion to the nation’s debt limit:

“As a military pilot, I have seen firsthand that the biggest threat to our national security is our national debt.

“This debt ceiling increase is a symptom of overspending that has consumed Washington for far too long. President Obama’s request for a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt limit points to the serious fiscal challenges we have found ourselves in due to years of irresponsible and reckless spending.

“For decades, Members of Congress who continue to serve voted to simply raise the debt ceiling – without ever offering a plan to stop the bleeding. It wasn’t until the new House majority arrived that my freshman class turned the focus of the conversation to cutting spending. We demanded that Washington stop doing business as usual and include spending cuts greater than the amount raised.

“In June, I told President Obama head on that ‘under no circumstances will Republicans support irresponsible legislation which increases the federal government’s credit limit without any spending cuts or 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.’

“Currently, every man, woman and child’s share of the public’s debt exceeds $46,000; unemployment rates are through the roof; and the irresponsible spending habits of prior Congresses and Administrations have racked up trillions of dollars in debt. The culture of Washington must be reformed from the ground up. The future of our nation depends on it.”

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