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Johnson Statement on Short-Term Debt Limit Increase and Continuing Resolution

Washington, October 16, 2013 | Johnson Press Office (202-225-5705)
"I cannot support this latest resolution because it does not treat the American people fairly."

WASHINGTON – Tonight, Congressman Bill Johnson voted against the latest short-term proposal to fund federal agencies until January 15, 2014, and to increase the debt limit through February 7, 2014.

“I cannot support this latest resolution because it does not treat the American people fairly.  It fails to offer those in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio any protection from the abuses, expenses, and overreach of Obamacare.  And, what’s worse, this bill gives a special pass out of Obamacare for Washington politicians and big business, sticking hard-working Americans with the bill.” Johnson said.

“I’m also deeply troubled that this legislation increases America’s debt limit, but does nothing to address the main driver of the debt – Washington’s out of control spending.  The American people have had to tighten their belts in this weak economy, and Washington should be forced to do the same.  The fact that there are no spending cuts in this legislation means that Washington continues to demand more from the American taxpayers, but refuses to put itself on any kind of budget.  And, that is not fair.”

Johnson added, “This legislation represents Washington’s complete failure to work in good faith to solve the many serious fiscal problems America faces.  The legislation passed this evening solves nothing, it is neither fair nor permanent.  In fact, it ensures that early next year, when the provisions of this resolution expire, we’ll be right back to where we are now.  I urge the President to now keep his word and come to the table with substantive negotiations to address our fiscal crisis.  The American people deserve better than this.”

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