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Hartzler calls for President's leadership in addressing "unsustainable and historically high debt"

June 8, 2011
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is again calling on President Obama to get serious about dealing with our nation’s job-destroying debt. Hartzler and several of her House colleagues have sent a letter to the President urging him to agree to significant spending cuts before they would consider a debt limit increase.

“The overwhelming and bipartisan rejection of the Obama Administration’s proposal for a $2.4 trillion increase in the statutory debt limit sent a clear message to the White House,” stated Hartzler. “A debt limit increase that does not include significant spending cuts and structural reforms has zero chance of passing the House of Representatives.”

“The House has put forward a fiscally sound plan to address the country’s debt and deficit problem,” added Hartzler. “But the Obama Administration has failed to come forward with a detailed plan that reduces the debt and makes structural changes that will get us on the path to fiscal solvency. The American people need to hear the President put forward a comprehensive plan that will ease the debt burden on our children and grandchildren. He must address the unsustainable and historically high debt that our nation faces. The House has put forth a plan – the President should do likewise.”

The United States is more than $14 trillion in debt. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has said the last possible date for Congress to raise the debt ceiling and still prevent default is August 2nd.

Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2011. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.