Responding to criticisms over the recent debt ceiling vote, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says Congressional Republicans are playing games with the country’s credit and jeopardizing economic recovery.
Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee launched robo-calls attacking several Democrats, including Yarmuth, for supporting an increase of the federal government’s debt ceiling without attaching spending cuts.
The call says Democrats support reckless spending and maxing out the nation’s credit card, but Yarmuth slammed GOP lawmakers over a vote that many have called a political stunt.
“The Republican Leadership is playing politics with the full faith and credit of the United States of America. This is a reckless game that jeopardizes American jobs and America’s economic recovery, which is why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers support my clean debt ceiling vote,” says Yarmuth. “The absurdity of the Republican position on this issue is magnified by that fact that their own budget would require an $8.8 trillion increase in the debt ceiling over the next 10 years.”
The phone messages were coupled with television advertisements aimed at Democratic members of Congress by the NRCC as a result of the vote. However, political fact-check groups have criticized the robo-calls because they attack Democrats who voted for and against the measure.
The GOP decries raising the debt ceiling by highlighting the country’s growing $14 trillion dollar debt.