Salmon Statement on the Continuing Resolution and Debt Limit Vote
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.”
Matt attended public school in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in English literature and an MPA from Brigham Young University.
After completing his education, Matt spent thirteen years in the telecommunications industry in Arizona. In his early career, Matt learned invaluable lessons regarding the effect of government regulation on private enterprise. With the ever increasing expansion of government and burdensome tax rates on American citizens and small businesses, Matt was called to begin a life of public service.
In 1990, Matt was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he served from 1991 until 1995. During this time, he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Rules Committee.
In 1994, Matt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served three terms. As the only Member of Congress fluent in Mandarin, along with his position on the International Relations Committee, Matt led multiple U.S. delegations to China, one of which secured the release of political prisoner Song Yongyi. During his service, Matt was named a "Watchdog of the Treasury" for six consecutive years and earned the "Taxpayer Hero" award from Citizens Against Government Waste. In 2000, Matt remained faithful to a self-imposed term limit pledge and retired his seat.
After the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act and the expansion of government regulation during an economic crisis, Matt again answered the call to serve. In 2012, Arizona reelected him to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Matt wants to ensure the voices of all Arizonans are heard and looks forward to advancing pro-business policies, cutting government waste and balancing the federal budget once again.
Matt has spent the last 33 years happily married to his best friend, Nancy. They are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
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