WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Mulvaney released the following statement on the “debt deal:”
“I did not support the “deal” the House voted on last night to temporarily fund the government and raise the debt ceiling. I opposed it for a few reasons.
First, the debate over funding the government was about fairness. It was about giving our families the same treatment under Obamacare that the President has given to large corporations and his political friends. Insurance companies in Harry Reid’s home state are getting special treatment; so are bars and restaurants in Nancy Pelosi’s district. Members of Congress and their staffs will receive benefits that no other citizens will receive. That’s simply not right. And that’s what we were fighting against. Last night’s “deal” did absolutely nothing to fix that.
Secondly, the agreement did nothing to address our nation’s addiction to spending. We have now raised the debt ceiling over $1 trillion dollars this year, without a penny of future savings. This “deal” does one thing: it allows lawmakers to postpone making the tough choices to get our fiscal house in order.
Finally, the “deal” is full of pork. A dam project in Kentucky got extra money; and the state of Colorado got money to help with its flooding. Those may be worth discussing, but that will never happen now, as they were crammed into this “deal” in order to help it pass. So much for the “clean” bill that my Democrat colleagues said they wanted so badly.
I’m hopeful the President and Senate Democrats will join House Republicans in discussing the real issues our country is facing starting with equal treatment under Obamacare and our national debt. But we don’t need “deals” as much as we need solutions. And this agreement provided none.”
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