Hatch to Democrats: Debt limit increase must include reforms

WASHINGTON D.C. – Sen. Orrin Hatch issued the following statement today after voting against legislation put forward by Senate Democrats to raise the nation’s debt limit by $1.1 trillion:

I can’t think of anyone in the Senate who wants the nation to default on its debt. I certainly don’t. But I’ve made my position clear for months that a debt limit increase must include government reforms that address the root cause of America’s nearly $17 trillion debt – namely our entitlement programs. To expect a $1.1 trillion blank check, as this bill does, is to ignore the severe challenges our nation faces unless we get our debt under control.

As Congress and the White House look to resolve the fiscal impasse of opening our government and avoiding a default, we must find the courage to make some-common sense changes to these critical safety net programs to ensure they aren’t just an empty promise to both our seniors and our children and grandchildren.

NOTE: Hatch has put forward five entitlement reform ideas that he has shared with the President, Secretary Lew and other members of the Obama Administration.

Submitted by the offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch

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  • Real Life October 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Honestly people. This guy has been around long enough. Our government continues to let us down every single day. A time has to come when a message has to be sent, and that time is NOW. Rupublican, Democrat, doesn’t matter. Wake up people and vote them all out!

  • philiplo October 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Do you really think we’re that stupid? The debt limit is not a “blank check” as you’ve called it. Rather, it allows payment of debts that YOU and the rest of congress have already incurred. Until you can be honest with us about that, there’s no reason at all we should take your opinion seriously.

  • So Tired October 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Just because Hatch has been around forever does not make him valuable. What has he done other than say”balance the budget” and it’s all talk. He has been a lame duck for many years but keeps being voted in by the good ol boys. I find it funny, republicans call democrats “sheep” what does that make you, voting for this continual waste of a representive.

  • truthseeker October 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Real Life s comment makes more sense than any of the BS political arguments being made. It does not matter what party anyone belongs to. Using that system to change things will get us no where. It’s not a democrat or a republican problem. Its an American problem. Oh wait, America doesn’t exist anymore. It’s now AmeriKa. It’s too bad… Did anyone else figure out yet that the shutdown is illegitimate?- 83% of the govt still operates. It’s hyped up political theater… Saying Wake Up is spot on.

    • philiplo October 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

      I knw I’ll regret responding to TS, but…
      Many parts of the federal government are still operating (on a reduced basis) with money that was already on-hand, or by shuffling existing funds. As time passes, those funds run out and the effects of the shutdown are more widely felt.

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