Crowley on Passage of Republican Default Bill

July 29, 2011
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), voted against yet another Republican effort to distract Congress from working toward real bipartisan compromise on the debt ceiling, addressing our nation’s faltering economy and creating jobs:

“Speaker Boehner and House Republicans voted to do one thing today and one thing only: waste what little time we have left voting on an unbalanced, partisan and reckless bill.

“The American people deserve better. In fact, they’ve asked for better. The majority of Americans want a comprehensive solution that will address our nation’s debt, begin the process of re-balancing the federal budget, promote economic growth and create jobs.

“What we cannot afford is the one note approach offered by the Republicans. It not only kicks the issue of addressing our debt down the road, but puts at risk the U.S. economy’s long-standing reputation as the gold standard economy throughout the world.  

“Democrats stand ready to put forward a balanced, bipartisan compromise. Unfortunately, Republicans are only negotiating among themselves.”

Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.