Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

VIDEO: Roby Discusses Debt Deal, What's Next

October 17, 2013
Press Release

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today released a video statement in the wake of the deal reached in Congress late Wednesday temporarily suspending the debt ceiling and funding the government.

Rep. Roby, who voted against the final agreement, said adding half a trillion dollars to the national debt without any spending reforms is “exactly the wrong approach.” Moving toward future negotiations on spending a debt policies, Rep. Roby said fiscal conservatives should develop a “wiser strategy” with achievable objectives. 

The following is a full transcript of Rep. Roby’s comments:

Late Wednesday night Congress passed a deal to fund the government and raise the debt limit. The good news is that the government functions people count on will once again be operational and we have avoided defaulting on our debt. The bad news is that half a trillion dollars will be added to the national debt without one single reform to rein in spending.

That’s why I couldn’t support the Senate plan. Washington’s addiction to spending is what led to this mess, and piling on more debt while ignoring the spending problem is exactly the wrong approach.

As you know, this is a temporary deal, so in all likelihood we will be right back discussing these same issues in a matter of months. We have to go about the next budget and debt negotiations in a smarter way. Shutting down the government was a losing strategy from the beginning, and I’m urging leaders in my party to adopt a wiser strategy next time.

The American people overwhelmingly agree that the United States spends too much money and holds too much debt as a result. I believe we can achieve meaningful reforms that get our country on a solid financial footing, but only if we stop bickering and start communicating.