From Rep. Don Manzulo (R., 16th District)…
Congressman Fights Debt Limit Hike, Urges End to Incessant Borrowing
[WASHINGTON] – Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) voted today to force Congress to cut wasteful spending by opposing the President’s latest request for a $1.2 trillion increase in the national debt limit.
Manzullo, who wrote to Speaker John Boehner last month urging him to call Congress back into session if necessary to vote down the request, said it is time for the President and Congress to make the tough choices and get serious about cutting spending instead of continuing to borrow money and put America deeper and deeper in debt. The federal government currently borrows 42 cents on each dollar it spends, and the national debt recently surpassed $15 trillion.
Manzullo, who also opposed the President’s request for a $500 billion debt limit increase last September, said he was disappointed in the failure of the “super committee” to agree on significant spending cuts last November.
“During my time in Congress, I have voted nine times against raising the debt limit because it was not tied to real spending controls. This is another such time to say no,” Manzullo said. “I have voted more than 700 times against $2.6 trillion in spending over the past five years – that’s a good place to start to find savings. We have to get serious about cutting wasteful Washington spending and reducing our deficit so we can strengthen our economy and help employers put Americans back to work.”