Rep. Bob Goodlatte's office news release
Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement regarding tonight's vote in the House of Representatives:
"The Senate's plan raises the debt limit and merely delays discussion on debt and spending for a short time and does little to address the fundamental fiscal challenges facing our nation. The fact of the matter is that unrestrained government spending and unsustainable entitlement programs that make up nearly 70 percent of our spending remain untouched by this measure. After years of debate it is time to take action.
"Unfortunately, the Senate's unwillingness to negotiate resulted in a measure that does not provide the reforms required to address the nearly $17 trillion national debt and the massive new entitlement program in the form of Obamacare. Getting spending under control and reducing our debt remain my highest priorities, and this bill did not meet those goals. That is why I could not vote in support of this proposal."