Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) made this statement after the passage of the Debt Ceiling Deal in the House of Representatives:
"I voted no because this is a job killing bill that puts our nation's economy at risk. I can't in good faith tell my constituents that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are safe under this plan because we don't know what will happen. We don't know what cuts the Committee will come up with, but it is a safe bet that the largest mandatory spending programs (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) will be at the top of the list. Above all, the deficit is not the biggest obstacle to the nation's prosperity; the lack of jobs is."
"What is clear now is the fact that children, seniors, and the poor will have a tougher road ahead. This plan puts at risk the nation's most important programs such as Medicare and Social Security as well as public investments in education, transportation and infrastructure, medical research, and scientific innovation. It most certainly is not a compromise," said Congresswoman Fudge.
"Under this legislation we know there will be cuts, but there are no guarantees of revenue increases. The plan fails to address some of the most common sense reforms, including closing tax loop holes for corporations making billions in profit every year and revising the tax code to make sure the top 2% of the highest income Americans are paying their fair share."