Rep. Miller: No Debt Limit Increase Without Meaningful Spending Reform


Date: May 31, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) today voted against an increase in the federal debt limit that had been requested by the Obama Administration. The bill would have authorized a $2.4 trillion increase in the federal borrowing limit. After the vote, Miller released the following statement:

"Over the last two years we have seen Washington's spending spiraling out-of-control with the passage of the $800 billion stimulus program -- a program which has not produced the promised jobs, and was accompanied by massive increases in other government spending which has produced annual budget deficits of over $1.4 trillion each of the last two years. Many of us have argued that continuing to pile massive new debt on our children, grandchildren and future generations will limit opportunities and the creation of new jobs that are so desperately needed in our difficult economy, and that is simply unacceptable. We have argued that like every American family and job provider, the government must tighten its belt and make real reforms that will help promote a brighter future.

"President Obama and his Administration have asked for a vote on increasing the debt ceiling without significant spending reductions included. Today, they got that vote and I was proud to join with a broad bipartisan majority in voting against increasing the national debt limit. Now it is incumbent upon the President to show real leadership on this issue and come to the table with a plan that addresses the long-term spending problems faced by our nation. Real cuts in spending, enforceable caps on government spending, real budget reforms -- all of which will change the culture in Washington from one of ever increasing spending to cutting spending and getting our fiscal house in order. The President must understand that business as usual is no longer acceptable. It is time to get to work and make the hard choices so desperately needed to bring fiscal sanity to Washington."