Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

Washington Does Not Like Me Very Much

October 18, 2013
Washington Does Not Like Me Very Much

Although the government shutdown has ended, the fight for stability in Washington still carries on. The passage of the Senate Amendment to raise the debt ceiling sent a message to the American people: The status quo is acceptable. I voted against the Senate amendment because it does not address our country’s reckless spending.

 Passing a bill to raise the debt ceiling every time the country comes close to the limit is not the answer. Instead, we must face the problems that our country is dealing with, rather than kick the can down the road. Eventually raising the debt ceiling without addressing our spending issues would result in real default and completely diminish the full faith and credit of the United States. The President puts our country’s credit in peril by not facing our spending problem head on.

By continuing to raise the debt ceiling without cutting spending or enacting necessary reforms, we will never change the current path that our country is on. I voted against this bill after much consideration and consultation with hundreds of constituents. Deciding to vote against the amendment was not the popular choice by many of my colleagues, but it was the right thing to do for the American people.

During the shutdown the House passed over fourteen bills that would reopen the government piece by piece along with four additional bills that would fully fund the government by enacting policies to fix our underlying problems that are driving our deficit spending and economic stagnation. If we continue to follow this destructive path, we will have left a country in deep economic trouble for generations to come.

It is frustrating to see the manufactured crises that arise every few months that continually hold ransom over the American people in the way that the President and Harry Reid have done in the past.  Republicans and Democrats may disagree on what is best for the country, but I hope that in the months to come we will be able to come together in a timely fashion to pass legislation that will improve our future regarding our economy and bring back stability to American businesses. We are tired of Washington’s “business as usual” attitude and we cannot get people back to work if the Senate continues to stall jobs bills for political gain. 

I join many of you who are disappointed with the “Washington Games” that many of my colleagues engage in over and over again. It is long past the time to stop the partisan gridlock and political games that seem to drive these stopgap deals, that occur every few months. Washington may not approve of my approach, but I will continue to fight for the people of Ohio and support policies that will address our underlying spending problems that continue to weigh on our already stagnate economy.

 

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