Rep. LaMalfa Votes Against Continuing Spending, Borrowing Increases Without Reforms
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted against a borrowing package that increases the national debt without addressing the federal government’s unsustainable borrowing, which amounts to about 40% of each dollar spent. The measure, H.R. 2775, was passed on a 285-144 vote and will now be sent to the President. Rather than set a hard borrowing limit, the bill would pay all debts incurred prior to February 8, 2014, effectively giving the Obama administration free reign to borrow without restraint over the next several months.
“I could not support the bill tonight because it fails to address our long term debt crisis or even attempt to balance the budget in the short term,” said LaMalfa. “This bill amounts to getting new credit cards to replace maxed-out cards, all of which future generations will have to pay off. While I’m pleased that the crisis has been averted, the situation could have been avoided if the President and Senate had negotiated in earnest prior to reaching this point. ”
Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District including, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.