DNC Chair Statement on GOP Presidential Candidates Voting Against the Senate Bill to Raise the Debt Limit

Washington, DC—After Senators andGOP presidential candidates Rubio, Cruz, and Paul voted against the bipartisan agreement to raise the debt limit, ensure that our country pays our bills, and provide the framework necessary to keep our government open, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:


"Tonight’s vote clearly demonstrated the Republican Presidential candidates’ priorities. Senators and GOP Presidential candidates Rubio, Cruz, and Paul are playing games with the full faith and credit of the United States at the expense of the American people. 

“Raising the debt limit and passing a budget are non-negotiable responsibilities of our leadership. In 2011, we saw Republicans’ debt limit brinksmanship prompt Standard & Poor's to downgrade the US credit rating for the first time in history. Our constituents elect us to be their voice and their vote, not to play politics for political gain. There is nothing presidential about failing to pay your bills and jeopardizing our standing in the world economy.

“It is completely unbelievable that these reckless politicians think they deserve a promotion to the presidency.”