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Rep. Brat Opposes Spending Legislation Lacking Fiscal Responsibility

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Washington, September 8, 2017 | Juliana Heerschap (202-225-2815) | comments
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling with no reforms, provide hurricane disaster funding, and fund the federal government through December 8, 2017.

“Earlier this week I supported hurricane disaster relief that came to the floor as a clean bill. However, jamming a bill through Congress that included a clean debt ceiling increase without even discussion or debate about spending reforms is not good governance.

“The Federal government is addicted to spending beyond what the American taxpayer and future generations can afford. With nearly $20 trillion in federal debt, that equals $61,000 for every single citizen in the United States. As a fiscal conservative, I could not support blindly increasing the debt limit without also connecting a debt increase to vital spending reforms.

"Something that perhaps has gone unreported is the entire Republican conference agrees we needed to increase the debt ceiling and provide relief for hurricane victims. All of us would have supported legislation to that end, however, to sell this bill as saving the U.S. Treasury is disingenuous and the height of cynicism because it lacks any element of fiscal responsibility and relied upon Democrat votes to pass."
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