Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after her vote for H.R. 325, To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes.
"Today, while I would prefer to be voting for a long-term increase in the debt limit, I reluctantly voted in favor of the 3-month temporary debt limit suspension. I voted yes because this legislation lifts the immediate threat of default. But clearly, we must do better.
"Congress needs to stop playing politics with the Debt Limit -- we have an obligation to pay for the bills we've already collected and to keep our fiscal house in order. This move to suspend the Debt Limit is the type of political gamesmanship that is leading the rating agencies to threaten to downgrade our nation's credit rating again, hurting our small businesses with more uncertainty and keeping us from moving forward with putting American's back to work which is the real fix to the economy.
"Over the next few months, I will work from my seat on the Budget Committee for a long-term extension of the Debt Ceiling, which will put our fiscal house back in order."