Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Rush Votes "Yes" in Support of S. 365, the Budget Control Act of 2011

Aug 1, 2011
Press Release

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“…not raising the debt ceiling would have destabilized American households and increased worries and concerns among many hard-hit seniors, the unemployed and physically ill Americans.  As an elected official and a pastor, my first obligation is always to do no harm.”

WASHINGTON –– Tonight, after giving serious and sober consideration to the merits of the bill before him, a bill that wound its way through the legislative process under the Tea Party-inspired threat of forcing the United States government to default on its debt, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush cast a “yes” vote in support of the compromise legislation diligently crafted between the President of the United States and a bipartisan group of U. S. House and Senate leaders.  The measure passed 269 to 161 and was sent to the Senate for final adoption.  Here is Rush’s statement explaining the merits of his “yes” vote.

“There are four principles that guided my decision.  First, by voting ‘yes’ I stand in support of the President and bipartisan leaders who were determined to avert a fiscal crisis of major proportions.

“Second, I realize that not raising the debt ceiling would have destabilized American households and increased worries and concerns among many hard-hit seniors, the unemployed and physically ill Americans.  As an elected official and a pastor, my first obligation is always to do no harm.

“Third, the American people have invested their hopes in us as their elected leaders and representatives. They are counting on us to revive a still fragile economic recovery.  They look to us to create more jobs that give them personal dignity and the ability to take care of their families.  They look to us to provide the leadership necessary to restore business, consumer and investor confidence in the financial safety and security of the United States government and its commercial markets.  I take seriously my leadership position on the Energy and Commerce Committee and I have always stood on the side of policies and legislation that uphold these values.

“And, fourth, the compromise legislation I’m supporting creates a clear path forward for the U.S. economy over the course of the next 18 months while also providing policy parameters that will determine how Congress will proceed in raising the debt limit in a way that is the least destructive to the American people.”

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NOTE: To see the final vote results click here.