(Congressman Russ Fulcher Statement, May 31, 2023)
Washington, D.C.–Congressman Fulcher released the following statement on the Fiscal Responsibility Act:
“Today, I voted no on the bill dealing with America’s debt ceiling issue – the Fiscal Responsibility Act. In a negotiation where the Senate and White House were controlled by Democrats, Speaker McCarthy did an admirable job in gaining some Republican victories. However ultimately, I cannot justify the debt implications that the legislation poses to Idahoans and fellow Americans.
“We should never have been in this situation. For over 100 days, President Biden refused to negotiate with House Republicans to find a solution to this crisis. So last month, House Republicans led and passed the Limit, Save, Grow Act – with more than thirty days before the debt limit deadline. The bill would have mitigated the debt ceiling crisis while enacting historic spending reductions. Democrats controlling the Senate have refused to put it up for a vote.
“When I came to Washington, I condemned Congress’ habit of legislating by crisis – where serious work is delayed leading to eleventh-hour bills packed with unrelated policies – and vowed to fight that culture. A culture all too familiar, particularly under the current administration.”