Ernst Opposes Increasing National Debt Limit

“I will not support this shortsighted deal that hands Washington a credit card without a limit and sidesteps the tough decisions that the American people elected Congress to make.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement in opposition to legislation that would increase our national debt limit, encourage more spending, and make major cuts to the crop insurance program:

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TRANSCRIPT:

“Hi, I’m Joni Ernst, your U.S. Senator from Iowa.

“Like many Iowans, I’m tired of Washington’s reckless habit of governing from one crisis to the next. We have known for months that this day was coming, and yet this backroom deal was crafted to rack up more spending and debt without regard for the future.

“Earlier this year, we passed a balanced budget for the first time in over a decade and we should abide by these guidelines. Instead, this deal was negotiated behind closed doors without the full input of Congress or the American people.

“Iowans sent me to Congress with a clear mandate: to cut the reckless, irresponsible, and out of control spending problem in Washington. Our nation is more than $18.4 trillion in debt already, and we simply can’t continue spending money that we don’t have. I have heard from a great number of Iowans who have said enough is enough when it comes to increasing our debt. Therefore, I cannot support this shortsighted deal that hands Washington a credit card without a limit and sidesteps the tough decisions that the American people elected Congress to make.

“It is also unacceptable that this deal places an additional burden on our hardworking farmers by making major cuts to the crop insurance program that will hit our rural communities the hardest. While we can find savings at all levels of our bloated government, crop insurance has already been trimmed down and these cuts would be incredibly harmful to our agricultural industry.

“This trajectory of continuously writing blank checks for limitless government spending is completely unacceptable. As a mother, I will not stand silently by and allow more than $57,000 to be passed on to each of my daughters and grandchildren. We need to work towards real solutions that hardworking Iowans and folks across this country deserve, to solve this problem for our children and grandchildren.

“Please continue to send your thoughts, questions and ideas to us by calling our office or visiting our website: Ernst.Senate.Gov.

“I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

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