Jul 14 2011
I wanted to take a minute to give you all an update about the debt negotiations and to emphasize once again where I stand on the issues. First off, because we have so many seniors living in the District, I wanted to address the President's speech the other day in which he tried to say that seniors would have to go without Social Security
checks if the debt ceiling deal isn't reached. I don't know if the President got bad information or if he's just plainly trying to scare seniors for political reasons (I'll leave that interpretation up to you), but whatever his reasons, he's wrong. The federal government takes in enough revenue every month to continue paying seniors benefits, veterans, our national defense, and the interest on our debt. Any suggestion to the contrary just isn't true.
The fact of the matter is that the federal government doesn't have enough revenue to cover all of our expenses (that's why we're in this mess), but it does have enough to cover its fundamental responsibilities. In order to make sure that the President doesn't short-change our seniors, I've joined with my colleague Dan Webster in introducing legislation that would force the President to prioritize the programs I mentioned above in the event that the debt ceiling isn't raised.
It's that simple. In my experience, you always want to have a Plan B. I truly hope that the politicians in Washington will get their act together and pass a balanced budget amendment so we can move on, but in the event that they don't; we can't just throw our hands up and hope everything works out. National security, seniors, veterans, and
the full faith and credit of the United States of America are not things that I am willing to shortchange - and certainly not for petty political gain. The Commander in Chief should know better than that.
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