U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments in response to the Democrat Majority passage of the Debt Limit Increase bill, a measure to increase the national deficit limit by $290 billion for a total of $12.394 trillion in debt. In addition, the House passed the $154 billion Stimulus 2.0 bill, a measure to direct billions of dollars, plus $75 billion in returned Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) program funds, for additional federal spending.
Representative Miller said:
"Washington Democrats again proved they cannot control their spending and they have no desire to reduce our massive debt. Members of Congress had only about 24-hours to review legislation that would increase our federal debt to over $12 trillion and add another $150 billion in deficit spending.
"The $154 billion Stimulus 2.0 is a continuation of the majority's policy to borrow and spend, and by using returned TARP funds to pay for this new spending they have broken a promise made to the American people that those funds would be used to pay down the debt. I voted against the TARP program because I believed at the time that the promise to reign in spending would not be kept, and with today's actions that promise has indeed been broken.
"What our country needs is targeted solutions that will create jobs, such as reducing government over-regulation, increased infrastructure investment and real tax relief efforts aimed at our working families and small business job creators paid for by redirecting unspent funds from the failed stimulus package passed earlier this year.
"The present every American wants this holiday season is a growing economy and new jobs. Unfortunately, all they are getting in their stockings from Democrats in Washington is broken promises, more debt and bigger government."