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Hartzler: "Why is President Obama opposed to a balanced budget and to the federal government living within its means?”

July 19, 2011
Press Release

The U.S. House votes today on a common sense proposal to rein in runaway government spending and to put our country on a fiscally responsible path – and President Obama is threatening a veto! Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), co-sponsor of the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, sees this threat as irresponsible!

“It’s hard to believe that this President refuses all responsible efforts to rein in our out-of-control debt,” said Hartzler. “It’s clear he is committed to taxing and spending and has no intention of cutting up the credit cards.”

“Since President Obama took office our national debt has increased by $3.7 trillion dollars,” continued Hartzler. “Now, with our country just days away from his self-imposed deadline for raising the debt ceiling, he wants Congress to give him the green light to spend more money – unchecked - and put us deeper into debt. America urgently needs to cut and cap spending and to make a Balanced Budget Amendment part of the U.S. Constitution. Why is President Obama opposed to a balanced budget and to the federal government living within its means?”

“This threat from President Obama makes it abundantly clear that he and he, alone, must be held accountable if this country defaults,” added Hartzler. “This careless response to a logical solution to our debt problem provides ample proof that the President puts the interests of big government above the good of our country. It is time to end irrational spending. We cannot afford to wait any longer.”

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