Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement regarding her vote against the federal budget agreement that would suspend the debt ceiling through March 2017:
“Every time the federal government approaches its debt limit, like clockwork, liberal politicians – from the White House down – begin threatening ‘default’ unless the government is able to continue with its spending binge. Such gamesmanship is a disservice to everyone.
“Our country is in the middle of a fiscal crisis driven by reckless borrowing and runaway government spending. The national debt is nearly $18.5 trillion – that’s approximately $57,000 for every man, woman and child in America. Something has to change, or the legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren will be a crushing debt burden and a weaker, less secure and less prosperous nation.
“Unfortunately, the budget agreement passed by the House ignores our fiscal realities and the magnitude of the problems we face. Filled with creative accounting, gimmickry and faux savings, it is not a responsible way to get the federal government’s finances in order and improve America’s long-term fiscal health.”
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the elected Republican Conference Secretary. Dr. Foxx is the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and serves as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee.