Freshman Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom this morning to discuss this evening’s vote to implement the Obama Administration's plan to hike the debt limit without spending cuts. Rep. Schweikert said that Washington Democrats have been “engaged in rhetoric instead of reality” and that “they are not telling the truth to the American people about how dangerous this spiraling of debt is.” Following is video and excerpts of his appearance:
Rep. Schweikert said that:
“The reality of it is we bleed $4.7 billion every single day. Every single day we borrow $4.7 billion. You are going to have to do everything. And you are also going to have to have an honest discussion about the entitlements. You hear us have the discussion about Medicare. Medicare hits a brick wall stunningly soon … This place is engaged in rhetoric instead of reality.
“We literally have to be in the trillions over the next decade. We are borrowing $1.6 trillion just this year. These folks that make the comments of ‘this is too hard, it's too tough,’ they are not telling the truth to the American people about how dangerous this spiraling of debt is.”
Surveys have shown that the American people oppose raising the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts or budget reforms, as Resurgent Republic found today:
“This week the House of Representatives will consider President Obama’s request to raise the federal debt limit without any preconditions related to limiting spending. This policy, the so-called ‘clean’ debt ceiling hike, is opposed by 9 in 10 voters, according to a Resurgent Republic survey conducted jointly with the American Action Forum.
“The national electorate is increasingly concerned about the economy, job growth, and the mounting federal debt, and as result, voters no longer view an increase in the debt limit as an inconsequential, procedural vote. Yet 6 in 10 House Democrats support raising the debt limit without any accompanying spending cuts or budgetary reforms, a business-as-usual position that strongly cuts against the grain of public opinion.”
House Republicans are committed to lifting the job-crushing debt burden that’s threatening the American Dream for our kids and grandkids and will oppose any increase in the debt ceiling without spending cuts which exceed any increase in the debt limit. As Speaker Boehner told the Economic Club of New York this month, “without significant appending cuts and changes to the way we spend the American people’s money, there will be no debt limit increase.”
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