Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement regarding her vote against a budget measure that raises the debt ceiling without a commitment to reducing the federal deficit.
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement regarding her vote against a budget measure that raises the debt ceiling without a commitment to reducing the federal deficit:
“Since taking this office, I’ve consistently required a significant commitment to reducing our nation’s crippling deficit to accompany any vote to raise the borrowing limit – and today’s deal falls short of that requirement.
“My top three priorities have been stopping out of control government spending, growing jobs in Southwest Washington, and strengthening our region’s economy, and we must do the first in order to accomplish the latter. In the last few years, we have seen the economies of nations collapse under the weight of crushing debt – and the livelihoods, retirements and economic prospects of their citizens collapse with them.
“I am proud of the $2.1 trillion we’ve been able to save in the last four and a half years; that’s the most significant deficit reduction in our nation’s history. We’ve had to make tough decisions, cut away redundancies and waste, and force every part of the government to tighten its budget. We simply can’t afford to let an opportunity to reduce our $18.4 trillion debt pass by without continuing to lower the burden of debt on taxpayers.”