Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Rush Votes "Yes" in Support of H.R. 2693, The Bipartisan Budget Control Act of 2011

Jul 30, 2011
Press Release

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“Make no mistake about it, the actions of the extremists in the House are stone cold political in nature and they are totally focused on what they think they can accomplish in 2012. They seem determined to drive our nation’s economy off a cliff…”

WASHINGTON –– Today, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush voted in favor of H.R. 2693, “The Bipartisan Budget Control Act,” the initial debt ceiling proposal of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  The legislation failed on a 246 to 173 vote in the House.  Afterwards, the President and top legislative leaders continued to meet through the weekend to find a way forward.

“I’m voting for the Reid proposal that came to the House floor today because it’s the right thing to do. Bipartisan leaders in the U. S. Senate offered the House compromise legislation to provide our nation with a pathway out of the current stalemate while raising the debt ceiling.  The bill I voted for today would enable us to pay our debts on time, cut more than $2.4 trillion from our deficit over the next decade, and avoid another serious economic dip which surely awaits us if the debt ceiling is not raised by August 2. 

“Our nation’s economy has already been harmed, perhaps even irreparably, by the misguided antics of the Tea Party and their submissive Republican Party leadership.  Global financial markets and investors, many of whom are American financial institutions and public investors, must have certainty that the United States will pay its debts.

“I’m voting for this legislation because it protects Social Security and Medicaid benefits and it represents a bipartisan victory for the cooler heads that prevailed in the Senate.  Let me be clear.  While I supported this bill, any future votes I cast will be taken on the merits of the bills before me.

“I strongly believe that President Obama should use the full force of his executive and constitutional powers to save the nation from the pending financial calamity caused by the extreme elements of the Republican Party. As much as I am discouraged by the immaturity, irresponsibility, and unreasonableness of the Republican House majority and its on-again, off-again alliance with Tea Party radicals,  I am encouraged that the President will rise to the occasion and fill the gaping void that now exists in Congressional leadership to lead our country forward, not backward. 

“Make no mistake about it, the actions of the extremists in the House are stone cold political in nature and they are totally focused on what they think they can accomplish in 2012. They seem determined to drive our nation’s economy off a cliff and, when confronted with hostile and irresponsible behavior, I believe President Obama should do what any responsible executive would do under those circumstances and put an end to the nonsense.”

Rush added that the Reid proposal from the Senate would also have protected Social Security Medicare and Medicaid benefit cuts without extending tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires who Rush said, “should be at the end of the line when it comes to government entitlements and corporate giveaways as they are the last Americans needing tax and other relief as America stares at debts growing so unsustainably that sudden fiscal crisis becomes inevitable.”

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NOTE: To see the final vote results click here.