There has been some strong reaction from Iowans to last night’s debt ceiling deal in Congress and subsequent vote that ended the federal government shutdown.
Earlier today Senator Chuck Grassley called the vote a missed opportunity to limit the size of government.
His former chief of staff and U.S. Senate candidate, David Young, was frustrated that there were no long-term solutions, only crisis management.
“While it’s a relief that Congress has come to their senses that the full faith and credit of the United States is nothing to play politics with, I would not have supported the Bill that was approved last night. What they’ve come up with is no long-term solution to solve our nation’s fiscal mess, nor does it follow the rules of the Budget Control Act,” Young said.
“Come January, we will be facing yet another crisis; when does it end? Our nation is on an unsustainable track of deficit spending and taking on more debt every day because Congress refuses to do what countless Iowa families have to do—live within their means. Crisis management is not a solution. We need to stop this fiasco now,” he added.
Mark Lucas, state director for Americans for Prosperity-Iowa said Congress is ignoring what it earlier agreed to. “Congress agreed to cut spending by adopting the Budget Control Act. Now they want to go back on their word and spend even more money. Before they attempt to raise the debt limit again they need to offer dollar-for-dollar spending cuts,” Lucas stated.
“Politicians in DC should manage their budget like Iowa families,” Lucas added. “We cannot afford to spend more money than we take in.”
“I am saddened at the lack of unity, the lack of resolve and the diminished economic freedom,” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis said. “Instead of cutting our budget to accommodate our debt ceiling, we have now given President Obama the freedom to borrow more money instead of cutting unutilized programs that will get us on track to balancing our budget.”
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