WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) took to the House Floor to denounce House Republicans’ Default on America Act. Below is a transcript of her remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the reckless Default on America Act.

“I’ve got to say, I see why the Republicans put this together in the dead of night. I wouldn’t want Americans to see this plan either. It’s the same GOP playbook: Give more to the rich and elite, stick hardworking Americans with the bill, and threaten economic disaster if we don’t go along.

“So why exactly is the GOP endangering American livelihoods? So they can help a few rich friends dodge their taxes. 

“And, what’s the cost to the American people? Here’s just a few: 2,400 border patrol agents off the job, 300,000 kids out of child care, 400,000 families evicted from their homes, a million seniors kicked off of Meals on Wheels, $2 billion taken away from veterans' health care. That is 30 million doctor’s appointments stolen from veterans. It is disgraceful. 

“Mr. Speaker, there is one responsible path forward: a clean, unconditional vote to avoid default. Something the GOP did three times under Donald Trump. As Trump put it himself, we ‘cannot use the debt ceiling to negotiate.’

“Stop the madness. Deliver a resounding NO vote on this dangerous piece of political theater.”

To watch the full speech, click HERE

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