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Congressman Rush Supports Debt Ceiling Deal ‘To Avert a Fiscal Crisis of Major Proportions’

Bobby Rush cast a 'yes' vote Monday to support the debt ceiling compromise.

As the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on a debt ceiling deal that passed through the House of Representatives on Monday by a count of 269 to 161, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) said he’s confident that the compromise both sides made Sunday will be in the best interest of the American people.

The proposed deal allows for robust U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts.

By voting "yes," Rush said, "I stand in support of the President and bipartisan leaders who were determined to avert a fiscal crisis of major proportions.”

“… I realize that not raising the debt ceiling would have destabilized American households and increased worries and concerns among many hard-hit seniors, the unemployed and physically ill Americans,” Rush said in a press statement Monday. “As an elected official and a pastor, my first obligation is always to do no harm.”

Rush, who also serves as Pastor of Beloved Community Christian Church on the South Side of Chicago, stands in support of raising the debt ceiling, a measure he says “creates a clear path forward for the U.S. economy over the course of the next 18 months while also providing policy parameters that will determine how Congress will proceed in raising the debt limit in a way that is the least destructive to the American people.”

The Illinois Congressman leads the 1st congressional district, which includes Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Midlothian, Posen, Robbins, most of Alsip, Blue Island and Oak Forest, sections of Calumet Park, Dixmoor, Markham, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Tinley Park and Worth, and parts of Oak Lawn, Country Club Hills and Riverdale.

Rush said he voted to support Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt ceiling proposal on Saturday, which failed by a vote of 246 to 173 in the House of Representatives, because “it’s the right thing to do.”

According to Rush, Reid’s proposal “would enable us to pay our debts on time, cut more than $2.4 trillion from our deficit over the next decade, and avoid another serious economic dip, which surely awaits us if the debt ceiling is not raised by August 2.”

The proposed debt ceiling plan now sits in the hands of the U.S. Senate for final adoption.

Ben Rakowski August 02, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Another bill passed without being read or understood and another promise broken by Congress, not publishing bill with three day review period.
AtlantiCat August 02, 2011 at 11:41 AM
He's not "doing no harm," he's giving in to tyranny, as is anybody else who voted in favor. The hostage situation in congress has been nothing but pitiful and our forefathers (and -mothers) would undoubtedly be turning in their graves at this shameful betrayal of the American people.
Russ August 02, 2011 at 04:14 PM
elections have consequences pay attention to who you vote for.
Kim August 03, 2011 at 02:59 AM
This bill is a nightmare and increases our debt. When are the people going to wake up? You have to live within your means but our government does not? Are the people going to vote these spenders out? Not in Orland Park, I am an election judge and voter turn out is so low. Orland Park residents must like high gas prices, increased regulations, high unemployment, Obama Care and all the rest that is coming frm the likes of all who supported this bill....if you are not registered to vote to so and participate in this republic!
Russ August 03, 2011 at 05:54 AM
I guess both sides have reasons not to like this bill.The fact is the CBO says that this bill will reduce the debt.I feel that the only way to reduce unemployment is to create jobs . The "job creators" ( Wealthy corporations) have made record profits but, are not creating jobs. So the government needs to put people back to work with infrastructure and green energy jobs.Unfortunately the very people(Republicans) that ran in 2010 on a talking point from Boehner ,"Where are the jobs?" will block any effort for the needed job creation.When TARP money was spent on the economy it did create(shovel ready) jobs ,it did save GM and Chrysler.It did turn the employment numbers to huge increases, hundreds of thousands a month but,I don't think it went far enough.When people go back to work they are able to buy more things which stimulates the economy and the tax revenue which funds those government programs that are so misunderstood by the right.One of the main reasons gas prices went up was because of the lack of "Oh No", REGULATIONS on wall street.The attack on the Health Care bill is more false rhetoric created by the right wing talking machine, again the CBO says billions will be saved by its implementation.Not to mention the lives that will be saved .

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