Lewis: There is an Easy Way to Avoid Increasing National Debt…Democrats Can Stop Spending So Much

Apr 12, 2011
Press Release

Lewis: There is an Easy Way to Avoid Increasing National Debt…Democrats Can Stop Spending So Much
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House will vote on a $1.9 trillion increase to the national debt limit, which will bring the total national debt to $14.3 trillion. The action will represent the sixth time the Democrat majority has increased the debt limit since gaining control of Congress in 2007.
House Appropriations Ranking Republican Jerry Lewis indicated that if the increase is approved, it will continue to perpetrate dangerous and irresponsible levels of national debt that cannot be sustained without serious economic consequences.
 There is one easy way to avoid this kind of colossal national debt – the Democrat majority can stop spending so much taxpayer money,” Lewis said, “Without serious action to rein in spending, these massive levels of debt will continue to dampen our economy and make it even harder for millions of Americans to find decent work.”
“Americans want bold and swift action to reduce this dangerous debt so that our economy can get back on track. It is time for the Democrat majority to start listening to the American people who are clamoring for them to stop running up the tax-payers’ credit card every time the going gets tough without regard for the consequences,” Lewis continued.
In addition, the legislation today also includes a weak provision regarding Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rules. The provision includes large loopholes for the Democrat Congress to continue rampant spending without real offsets.
“The promise of PAYGO has been made  null and void by the countless times Democrat leaders have offloaded billions in spending into appropriations bills or simply waived the rule any time it becomes convenient. And, this ineffective, circumventable PAYGO provision exempts hundreds of expensive programs and any emergency spending from the rule – rendering it virtually useless. ” Lewis said.

112th Congress