Wondering how Erie County’s two U.S. representatives voted on extending the nation’s debt ceiling without concessions and their reasons for it?
Both Congressmen Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., and Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., voted against it, though the measure gained enough GOP support to pass the House, 221-201.
Thompson’s spokesman, Braden Parish, said that “given the federal government each year spends hundreds of billions of dollars more than it takes in, the congressman believes allowing further federal borrowing without taking some action to reduce spending would be irresponsible.”
Here is Kelly’s full statement on the issue:
“My constituents in Western Pennsylvania sent me to Washington because government spending has reached a crisis level, and I gave them my word that I would to do everything in my power to reverse course. While it’s true that my House colleagues and I have succeeded in cutting federal spending over the past two years for the first time since the Korean War, our national debt still totals more than $17 trillion — higher than any other point in American history.
“Our historic debt and deficits are merely the symptom; over-spending of the American people’s money is the disease. Responsible leadership demands that elected leaders stop our nation’s decent toward bankruptcy, and treat our spending crisis as the threat to our economy, our security, and our future that it truly is. This especially holds true for those of us charged with bearing the power of the purse in the ‘People’s House.’
“When it comes to the solemn task of preserving the American dream for the next generation, I cannot in good conscience support adding more debt to the backs of our children and grandchildren without a meaningful solution to Washington’s spending addiction in sight.”
– John Guerriero