Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th) voted in favor Monday of the last-minute Budget Control Act, which raised the U.S. debt ceiling and made spending cuts. The House passed the act, 269-161, and needs to go before the Senate on Tuesday for approval.
Here is an excerpt of Kinzinger's statement, released after the vote:
Over the course of seven months, House Republicans have changed the conversation in Washington from where to spend, to where to cut and how much. This legislation reverses the failed trajectory of our country.
The bipartisan approach forces Washington to maintain a strong focus on cutting spending and includes much of the same framework as the House-passed bill. It cuts more spending than the increase in the debt limit and it does not raise any taxes.
This legislation is a realistic approach and another step in putting our nation on the path towards fiscal responsibility. No one walked away from the debt limit plan with everything they wanted. However, in order to protect the full faith and credit of our country, Washington must act on behalf of the American people, not according to partisan politics.
Ultimately, failure to increase the debt ceiling or raising taxes on job creators would create an economic catastrophe. ... Defaulting on our debt or raising taxes in a downward economy are simply not options. This legislation prevents a national default which otherwise threatens our financial growth as well as the national security of our country.