Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-7) released the following statement after voting against H.J.Res 98, Debt Ceiling Resolution of Disapproval:
"Today, I voted against H.J.Res 98, an unnecessary resolution that does nothing to advance the conversation of fiscal discipline, deficit reduction or job creation. Congress and the administration previously agreed on a plan last year to raise our nation's debt limit in order to pay our bills and protect vital programs such as Medicare and Social Security. This resolution seeks to reverse all of those meaningful gains, and is nothing more than political posturing at a time when America's middle class families, workers, children and seniors are still recovering from the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.
I think we all can agree that we as a nation should take deficit reduction seriously and develop ways to reduce our country's debt. However, allowing America to default on its obligations is simply not an option.
I am disappointed that some of my colleagues have decided to begin the New Year by playing the same political games with our fragile economy. It is my hope that as we continue into 2012, Congress can put aside partisan politics and work together on a plan that minimizes our debt, balances the federal budget and creates jobs."