The following press release from Congressman Don Manzullo on the debt ceiling vote is the first from the four Members of Congress (Joe Walsh, Randy Hultgren, Peter Roskam and Manzullo) with an interest in McHenry County, present or future:
Manzullo to Oppose Debt Limit Increase
[WASHINGTON] – Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) will oppose the President’s latest request for a $1.2 trillion increase in the national debt limit when it comes up for a vote in the House next week.
Manzullo, who wrote to Speaker John Boehner last month urging him to call Congress back into session if necessary to vote down the request, said it is time for the President and Congress to make the tough choices and get serious about cutting spending instead of continuing to borrow money and put America deeper and deeper in debt. The federal government currently borrows 42 cents on each dollar it spends, and the national debt recently surpassed $15 trillion.
Manzullo, who also opposed the President’s request for a $500 billion debt limit increase last September, said he was disappointed in the “super committee’s” failure to agree on significant spending cuts last November. Since he was first elected to office, Manzullo has voted nine times against increasing the debt limit.
“Enough is enough. In these difficult times, Americans have had to tighten their belts and learn to do more with less. Washington has to learn to do the same,” Manzullo said.