Debt Limit Crisis

Floor Speech

Date: May 25, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BLUMENAUER. Madam Speaker, we have heard claims from Republican leadership that they passed a bill to lift the debt ceiling.

That is laughable. What they did was pass a wish list to reassure their most extreme Members. Make no mistake: They have no plan.

I just consulted with the distinguished ranking member of the Appropriations Committee. They haven't even agreed on the top-line numbers for this year's appropriations process, let alone move forward to implement the extreme cuts that they imagine are going to happen.

I just left a Trade Subcommittee hearing where a parade of witnesses from both parties said we need to invest more in Customs and Border Protection to protect Americans from fentanyl.

Without a plan, they will continue to target the poor and protect the privileged and get nothing done.

America deserves better. Let's pass a clean debt ceiling proposal and get back to work.