NRSC - Hodes, Democrat Leaders Prepare To Use Troop Funding To Raise Federal Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON – As a result of their political party’s out-of-control 2009 spending spree, U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) and Democrat leaders are reportedly planning to use a spending bill that includes critical funding for America’s troops as a political tool to raise the federal debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion.

According to the Washington Post this weekend, “House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Friday that leaders were planning to raise the nation’s credit limit by at least $1.8 trillion, a much larger increase than Democrats had contemplated earlier this year.”

Politico recently reported that the Democrats will likely use “a pending $636.4 billion Pentagon appropriations bill that includes $128.3 in contingency funds for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan” as a vehicle to increase the debt limit.

 “As they struggle to pay for their reckless spending habits, it’s not surprising that Paul Hodes and Washington Democrats are seeking to hide a substantial increase in the national debt limit,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand. “However, Hodes and the Democrats should not use a piece of legislation that directly impacts our troops in harm’s way as a vehicle to disguise this controversial debate from the American people.”

According to Politico, Democrat leadership is anxious to pass the debt limit before New Year’s to avoid making their vulnerable incumbents face the issue leading up to the 2010 midterm elections.

 “Our troops deserve better from their elected officials – especially during a time of war. It is absolutely shameful that Hodes and the Democrats would use our men and women in uniform as political cover from their unpopular initiatives, and they will be forced to explain their maneuvering to the American people next November,” Wilkerson Marchand concluded.