Where Ohio legislators stand on the debt ceiling debate

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Read where Ohio legislators stand on the debt ceiling talks in Congress.

U.S. Rep Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) says "This week, we have an opportunity to avoid default, reduce the deficit by $2.2 trillion dollars, and protect Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. The debate on the debt and deficit has been complicated and contentious. But a default should be unimaginable. A default would amount to a permanent tax hike on all Americans' interest rates could soar for anyone applying for a home mortgage, a car loan, or college loan, and we simply cannot allow that."

U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township) "We cannot default and I hope we can come to an agreement that contains more spending cuts than the amount of the debt ceiling increase."

U.S. Rep Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland): "Last Friday the President told the nation that he offered a plan that would cut $650 billion from Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Last night in his address to the nation, the President didn't want to 'bore' Americans with the details of his plan but threatened that Congress must accept a deal on the debt ceiling or seniors face the possibility that Social Security checks won't go out."

"Curiously, the President didn't explain in his primetime address to the nation that 'the deal' he has been advocating cuts Social Security benefits and pushes back the retirement age. These changes are unwarranted and indefensible."

"Social Security is 100 percent wholly funded up to the year 2036 without any changes whatsoever. It has no place in the debt ceiling debate at all. Furthermore, it is not the government's money but the money of the workers who have paid into the program their entire lives." "Threatening the withholding of Social Security checks to advance an agenda that includes cutting Social Security benefits is not befitting of the Democratic Party, it is not fair to the American people, and it represents a sellout of the interests of seniors."

"I want to be supportive of the President. It would be easier to be supportive if the President's candor matched the level of his eloquence."

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Warrensville Heights): "I, too, am concerned, and frustrated, but I know we must raise the debt limit. No former Congress has ever failed to raise the debt ceiling. Playing games with the credit and standing of the U.S. is wrong and nothing more than political posturing. The consequences of defaulting are far too great."

"I voted for a clean debt ceiling a few weeks ago because I believe these conversations should be separated: where our country has been and where we will go in the future. Republicans repeatedly voted for Bush administration policies - including tax cuts, two wars, and an unfunded Medicare prescription drug program. Raising the ceiling is about honoring our obligations, not agreeing to more spending. We all agree there are cuts that need to be made and tax loop holes in need of closing."

"For me, here is what is NOT on the negotiating table: Drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security before eliminating tax breaks for corporations, making billions in profit every year, and billionaires. My main priority continues to be bringing economic stability to the Eleventh District of Ohio, and the nation. We must tackle the national deficit but not in a way that will risk the nation's fragile economic recovery and job creation. It's why I am hosting a job fair in Cleveland on August 8, with over 50 employers ready to hire."

U.S. Rep Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth): "The bi-partisan solution introduced by Speaker Boehner prevents a federal government default, while at the same time it targets the runaway spending that got us here in the first place. This plan cuts our deficits by $3 trillion, caps future spending and provides a path for adoption of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These cuts are needed to preserve our nation's credit rating and they exceed the size of the increase in borrowing included in the bill. I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this proposal and get it to the President's desk before we risk doing serious damage to America's credit rating and economy."

U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo): "It's time for everybody to quit playing politics and put our country first. This debate over the debt ceiling is a disservice to the American people. No one is winning this Beltway debate, and the nation stands to lose."

"Putting our nation's credit rating at stake is dangerous and irresponsible. To allow America to default for the first time in its history would cause harm to every working family. Default would mean higher interest rates on cars, houses and student loans. It would mean fewer jobs and less growth."

"What's more, this debate is keeping us from dealing with the important issues: economic growth and job creation. The long-term solution to our fiscal problems is for our economy to grow and create jobs. But defaulting on our nations' bills will stifle economic growth and kill jobs. No question about that."

"The vast majority of the American people support the expiration of those tax preferences to the people at the very top. Every body's got to pull forward. Congress should not leave Washington until we get this done, no weekends off, no August vacation."

U.S. Rep Tim Ryan (D-Niles), through his press secretary, said: "Congressman Ryan believes the debt ceiling should be raised and co-sponsored a deal to have a clean, separate vote on raising the debt ceiling (H.R.2544)."

"He opposes to any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which are essential to making sure people have their most fundamental needs met. He believes we must stand up for working people and focus on job creation and getting the economy growing again while lowering the deficit."


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