Salmon Statement on the Continuing Resolution and Debt Limit Vote

| October 17 2013
Matt Salmon

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding tonight’s vote on the Reid-McConnell, Fiscal Year 2014 Continuing Resolution and Debt Limit Increase bill:

“I have been very clear from the beginning of this debate, I would have supported a resolution that accomplished three objectives: ended the government shutdown, protected Arizonans from the devastating effects of Obamacare and reduced our government’s addiction to spending before we increased our borrowing authority and added to a $17 trillion debt.

“While this bill does end the shutdown, it fails to offer any protection for my constituents from Obamacare, nor does it put in place systematic reforms to change the trajectory of our mandatory spending. Consequently, I cannot support it.

“Sadly, the reality is this bill does what Washington is good at – kick the can down the road for another day.

“This is a shame. Yet another opportunity for the President and Congress to come together, address our problems and enact reforms to put America on the right path has been wasted.

“The President said he would negotiate with Republicans only after Congress ended the shutdown and lifted the debt ceiling. After tonight’s vote and upon his signing this bill into law, he’ll have an opportunity to make good on that promise.

“Obamacare’s start has been nothing but a disaster. More Americans are learning each day that their healthcare premiums are rising, their network of physicians is being restricted and their hours at work are being cut. Even worse, Americans are still being forced into this disaster despite the fact that big corporations, Congress and the President and his administration are exempted.

“At the same time, our national debt continues to rise at a rate of over $3 billion per day.

“The American people elected us to work together and find solutions to these problems, not kick the can down the road and leave it for our children and grandchildren to solve.

“I remain 100% committed to working with anyone, Republican, Democrat or Independent, to provide protection and fairness under Obamacare and finally put an end to the fiscal recklessness and irresponsibility that plagues the future of our nation.”

2 comments
dleeper47
dleeper47 moderator

Matt Salmon is not my Congressman, but I'd be proud if he were. 

Obamacare is a nightmare, and the exploding debt is far, far worse. Congress, including the Establishment GOP, is driving our country right into a brick wall. And this morning (10/17) the Senate is patting itself on the back not only for doing nothing about it but for actually making it worse.

Mitch McConnell managed to slip in a $3 billion earmark to benefit his home state of Kentucky -- a blatant sellout -- and still more theft from us, our children, and our grandchildren.  

And the GOP's old bulls are this morning admonishing conservatives to "learn their lesson" from the "shutdown." I think many of us did, but it's not the one they have in mind.

All in all, another disgrace for the US Senate, the self-declared "world's greatest deliberative body." Whom do they think they are representing? Shall we (re)nickname it the US Politburo?

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@dleeper47 Are you hearing the stuff I am----about how Ted Cruz recklessly damaged the GOP for nothing . . . . . ?