Debt Ceiling Crisis

Floor Speech

Date: May 25, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. JAYAPAL. Mr. Speaker, this is an outrage. Republicans want to drive us over the cliff into default and catastrophe, cut off healthcare and Social Security payments, and drive up interest rates so more people are homeless and hungry.

Five Republicans could join all 213 Democrats and lift the debt ceiling right now, but they went home.

My constituent Amy called me absolutely terrified that she is going to miss her Social Security payment. If that happens, then she can't pay her rent and won't have a place to live.

Amy heard Republicans yesterday say the quiet part out loud. They said: We don't want to negotiate with our hostage.

Well, Amy is your hostage. She and millions like her--teachers, firefighters, seniors, veterans--are demanding that Republicans stop playing games with their lives.

Donald Trump presided over the third largest deficit increase in the debt ever because they spent almost $2 trillion on tax cuts for the wealthiest billionaires, and now they want poor and working people to pay that bill.

Stop it. Pass a clean debt ceiling right now.