US Rep. Frank Guinta announces he will vote "NO!" on next week's "clean" debt ceiling increase bill

“I will vote “no” on giving the government yet another blank check.”

(Washington – May 26, 2011)    Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) released the following statement on next week’s planned House vote on a “clean” bill to increase the nation’s debt ceiling by an additional $2.4 trillion.  President Obama and more than 100 congressional Democrats have repeatedly called for a vote on a “clean” bill (meaning a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on authorizing the additional borrowing without restrictions or requirements).

“Today I’m announcing that I will vote against the clean debt ceiling increase bill expected to come up in the House next week.  Congress has increased the debt ceiling 74 times in the last 50 years, and our debt and budget deficits have only grow bigger and bigger.  My five months on Capitol Hill have proven to me beyond the shadow a doubt that the federal spending spree will only end when the money tap is turned off.  Otherwise, there will be more requests to borrow still more money on down the road.  This is the time to draw the line in the sand.  I will vote ‘no’ on giving the government yet another blank check.  I will only consider raising the debt ceiling in another bill later on if --and only if-- it contains significant cuts in federal spending and meaningful budgetary reforms.  Otherwise, I will vote ‘no’ again. ”