Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against the Senate proposal that would raise the debt ceiling until February and continue funding the government until January, but would allow Obamacare to remain intact and do nothing to cut spending. He issued the following statement on his vote:
"As the only member of Congress to vote against every debt ceiling increase in the last 10 years, I cannot in good conscience support a piece of legislation that does absolutely nothing to address the most pressing issue facing our country -- out of control spending," said Congressman Jones. "While I support the effort to reopen the government, the last thing Washington needs is permission to continue its reckless spending habits when the national debt is an astonishing 17 trillion dollars. Borrowing another roughly 230 billion dollars from the Chinese and other foreign governments -- only to funnel much of it back overseas to the war in Afghanistan and other foreign aid projects -- is the wrong choice for our country."
"Furthermore, this proposal does nothing to address the skyrocketing costs of health insurance that Eastern North Carolinians are seeing every day under Obamacare. Premiums will continue to rise, families will continue to receive cancellation notices, employers will continue reducing hours, and the federal government takeover of our health care system will go on. The only change to the president's health care law in the Senate proposal is an income verification requirement for individuals receiving federal subsidies -- a relatively minor measure that was already included in the original Obamacare law but which the president has chosen to ignore."