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McCollum Statement on House Passage of Boehner Budget Control Act – S.627

July 29, 2011
Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC – A few minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Republican Budget Control Act (S. 627) by a vote of 218-210 with Democrats unanimously voting against it. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement:

"With our economy extremely fragile and 14 million Americans out of work, it is unfathomable that the Republican Tea Party controlled House of Representatives would risk our economic future by playing more political games with the debt ceiling.

"Let me be clear, the bill on the floor this afternoon – Speaker Boehner's Budget Control Act – is a stunt; it is political theater that dies the moment Republicans pass it out of the House. S. 627 is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate. President Obama has vowed to veto it because it only temporarily raises the debt ceiling, which means it only prolongs this debt ceiling crisis, almost guaranteeing a downgrading of the U.S. credit rating. S. 627 will result in higher interest rates for all Americans and every business – it will kill any hopes of a sustained economic recovery.

"We're on the verge of a crisis, and it is time to end the political games, work towards a reasonable, responsible compromise that protects our economy and the American people."

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees.