Congressman Robert Hurt today released the following statement after the United States national debt surpassed $16 trillion:
"The news that our national debt has surpassed $16 trillion is a renewed wake up call for our colleagues in the Senate and the White House that Washington D.C.'s spending binge must come to an end. Since President Obama took office, we have accumulated over $5 trillion in debt. And absent any initiative by the Senate and the White House, that debt will only continue to accumulate as the House-passed budget, which would cut trillions, sits awaiting action in the Senate.
"The House of Representatives will continue to lead the way, demanding we put an end to business as usual in order to stop Washington's wasteful spending spree. On behalf of the people of Virginia's 5th District, I am committed to putting in place real reforms that will tackle the drivers of our debt and deficit, reduce the size and scope of the federal government, and make the tough choices to put this nation on a fiscally sustainable course in order to preserve the American opportunity and the American promise for our children and grandchildren."