Congressman Andre Carson and 94 of his Democratic colleagues voted no on the debt ceiling deal. Bravo.
The statement from the Congressman's Office:
August 1, 2011
CARSON VOTES NO ON UNBALANCED DEBT CEILING PLAN
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman André Carson released the following statement today after the vote in the House to raise the debt ceiling. The legislation would increase the debt ceiling by $900 billion later this year. Another $1.5 trillion in budget cuts would be identified by a bipartisan special committee of lawmakers appointed by leaders of the House and Senate.
“I am certain the President believed this was the deal he had to make to avoid disaster, given he was negotiating with Republicans who seemed willing to allow the country to default in order to protect their wealthy friends. To this end, I do not fault the President, who I respect greatly.
“But I am here to represent my constituents in the 7th District, most of whom say we need a balanced approach. They understand the need to sacrifice, provided that sacrifice is shared and it results in job creation. But under this approach, oil companies earning billions and companies exporting American jobs sacrifice nothing. Millionaires, whose low tax rates have not led to job creation, sacrifice nothing.
“More troubling is that this bill has a trigger gimmick that means automatic cuts if Congress cannot reach agreement. In other words, Republicans just need to refuse to compromise again to inflict devastating cuts on working people and undermine the solvency of Medicare.”
While the deal, as approved, raises the debt ceiling, it continues to, as is the most popular cliche in Washington, kick the can down the street and does nothing to solve the lack of revenue problem.
It is probably the best deal that the President could get at this time, but it endorses the Republican idea that we can cut our way out of this crisis. That's just not true.
A bill that would have included the roll back of the George W. Bush tax cuts, the closing of corporate tax loopholes, and sensible spending cuts would have been something I would have favored more.
The Senate will vote on the debt deal tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. If approved by the Senate, President Obama will get the bill to sign into law.
Giffords Makes Dramatic Return
The debt ceiling compromise bill brought Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords back to the House Chamber for the first time since she was shot in January.
Giffords received a standing ovation from her colleagues before voting yes on the compromise. On Twitter, the Congresswoman said, "The #Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight."