The Debt Ceiling And Defense Spending

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 15, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Defense

Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, in what has become a familiar move, House Democrats have decided to increase spending yet again. But sadly, they have opted to shut out debate on this matter by attaching a $300 billion increase in our Nation's debt ceiling to the Defense appropriations bill. They know they will have serious trouble getting support to increase our Nation's debt limit, so they are using our troops to carry them.

This is one of the reasons the American people are fed up with Congress. And as a Navy veteran, I can assure you that exploiting funding for our troops is both deplorable and demoralizing, and I will continue to oppose such actions.

We owe the American people, our children, our grandchildren, and the men and women risking their lives in defense of our freedom better than this. At Christmas, we should be hanging ornaments on a tree, not massive spending bills on the back of our troops.