WASHINGTON--Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to avert a government shutdown, provide emergency funding for recent natural disasters and ensure that the United States does not default on its obligations:
"House Democrats have acted responsibly to avoid a government shutdown, which would be catastrophic for Michigan families, small businesses and our economy as we continue to live through this pandemic. This bill also ensures that we meet the obligations our country has already made, including to Social Security recipients and veterans.
"Over the last four years, Republicans voted to increase the debt limit three times. Former President Trump's policies increased the national debt by $7.8 trillion, including pushing through a massive, unpaid-for tax cut for corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Both Republicans and Democrats have a shared responsibility to ensure that the United States does not default on its obligations or see our government shut down."