Rep. Tom Rooney: Budget deal sets ‘collision course for another possible shutdown in January’by George Bennett | October 17th, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, voted against the Wednesday deal to end the federal government shutdown and raise the government’s borrowing authority. The Palm Beach County native, who now represents a district that’s generally north and west of Lake Okeechobee, was one of 144 House Republicans to vote no on the deal.
“I made a pledge to my constituents that I would not vote for any bill to increase the debt ceiling unless it included serious steps to address our debt crisis. The bill before the House (Wednesday) clearly fails to meet that standard. If we’re going to increase the debt ceiling, we have to include reforms to save Social Security and Medicare and to fix our broken tax code,” Rooney said.
“This bill puts us on a collision course for another possible shutdown in January and default in February. Based on what I’ve seen over the last several months and years, I have no confidence that President Obama or Harry Reid will use this time to negotiate with us on serious spending reforms. I cannot in good conscience support a bill that increases the debt without long-term reforms to the underlying drivers of our debt.”