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Congressman Ruben Gallego Calls on Republican Leadership to Pass a Clean Debt Limit Extension

October 7, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Ruben Gallego delivered a floor speech calling on Republican leadership to pass a clean debt limit extension.

See his prepared remarks below:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in full support of President Obama’s announcement on Friday that he will not negotiate with the Republican Congress over raising the debt limit. This is the right decision because there is nothing to negotiate. There is only one simple path forward – to pass a clean debt limit extension that protects our nation’s full faith and credit.

“Unfortunately, last week, the Majority Leader and the presumptive next Speaker of the House went on national television and committed to fight to the end to defund the ACA and the President’s immigration executive actions. I fear – as we all should – what this might mean.

“Are he and House Republicans going to threaten to shut down the government to pursue this extreme agenda? Are they going to hold our nation’s full faith and credit hostage? Mr. Speaker, for five years now, House Republicans have hurtled the Congress and the country from one manufactured crisis to another. This must stop and must stop now.

“With only 30 days left before we hit the debt limit, the Republican Congress should act immediately to take the prospect of a catastrophic default off the table. Thank you.”