Gardner Comments on Debt Ceiling Vote
Washington, DC – Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-04) released the following statement regarding his ‘no’ vote in the House of Representatives on the extension of the debt limit:
“As Americans collectively discover the toxicity of the President’s healthcare law, our federal government finds itself drowning in over $17 trillion in debt – a crisis that threatens the very foundation of our republic. America’s debt has continued to grow at unprecedented levels each year, and never before has our government operated with deficits exceeding one trillion dollars annually until President Obama took office. Nearly every single American has realized the obvious threat this poses to us as a country, but President Obama and his allies in Congress have refused to offer serious solutions to fix our problems.
“President Obama and Majority Leader Reid have not addressed our government spending problem in a serious fashion – look no further than the fact that since being in the majority, Senate Democrats failed to even offer a budget until 2013. The United States of America, the largest fiscal entity on the planet, operated without a budget for over four years. The budgets that President Obama has submitted to Congress have often failed miserably – on more than one occasion, his yearly proposals failed to receive a single vote of support in the Senate.
“Our government has an obligation to pay its bills, but we cannot continue to add to our debt without reforms that rein in the root cause of it. This gross mismanagement of our nation’s finances has left Americans with a deep sense of anxiety over Washington’s ability to solve our debt crisis, and who can blame them? A concerning pattern has continued to display itself in Washington – some Democrats are once again not only refusing to negotiate with Republicans, but they are denying that America has a debt and spending problem at all.
“Getting our nation back on a sound fiscal path has always been a top priority of mine, and I have been working closely with my colleagues on solutions to these problems. While many in Congress sat on the sidelines during the unnecessary government shutdown last fall, I was meeting with Democrats and Republicans to find solutions, and develop what we call an ‘Honest Proposal.’ There is bipartisan support for reforming our tax code and entitlement programs, and many in Congress want to ensure that we are passing budgets in a timely fashion each year as the law requires.
“My ‘no’ vote today is cast with the hope that as America inches closer to the edge, we can come together to achieve solutions – Americans expect nothing less.”