Larsen: Finally the House Agrees: The United States Pays Its Bills

Feb 11, 2014 Issues: Budget, Jobs Labor and the Economy

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to suspend the debt ceiling through March 2015.

“After too many years of brinkmanship, I am relieved the House of Representatives has now embraced a simple, but important principle: The United States pays its bills.

“By passing a budget and raising the debt ceiling, the House has now broken the cycle of manufactured crises and shutdown politics that has obstructed substantive work.

“Congress needs to refocus on strengthening the middle class by raising the minimum wage and investing in job-creating infrastructure and research. And we need to get to work on reforming our broken immigration system in a way that treats people fairly and helps grow our economy.”