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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Representing the 4th District of Missouri
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Hartzler stands up for the American taxpayer - votes "no" to raising debt ceiling

June 1, 2011
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has taken the side of American taxpayers over the interests of tax-and-spend Washington liberals by saying “no” to President Obama’s call to raise our country’s public debt ceiling. The proposal to give government the authority to continue its irresponsible borrowing and spending without any agreement on spending cuts was solidly defeated in the House.

“This vote is a clear message to President Obama and his liberal allies that any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by real, permanent, and sustainable spending cuts that will change the trajectory we’re on so we don’t bankrupt our country,” said Hartzler. “The President and his friends want to raise our debt limit ceiling without any cuts or commitments to reverse course. That is irresponsible and unacceptable! American families know you can’t keep spending money you don’t have. Washington needs to learn from them.”

“The vote we have taken is a repudiation of an unreasonable position held by the Obama Administration and liberals in the House,” continued Hartzler. “The debt limit has already been increased three times under President Obama, with the total debt now towering at $14.3 trillion. Other countries hold 47 percent of the debt, with China being the largest lender / holder at 29.2 percent of the foreign-held debt. We simply cannot afford another blind increase in the debt ceiling. For our children’s national security, to create jobs, and to save our country from bankruptcy we must stop spending money we don’t have, reverse course, and get out of debt.”

The debt limit has increased almost $3 trillion since President Obama took office. Over the past two years, the President and liberals in Congress have been responsible for the largest budget deficits in U.S. history.

Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.