Congressman Russell Statement on Debt Ceiling Vote
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) issued the following statement on his vote against raising the debt ceiling and funding the government through a continuing resolution. The bill passed the House by a vote of 316 to 90:
“I continue to pray for Americans in Texas and Louisiana still reeling and recovering from Hurricane Harvey. I pray for the folks of Florida who are now facing Hurricane Irma. America is facing crises with these natural disasters that will require a lot of effort. The House of Representatives voted earlier this week to approve an aid package that also went to the Senate. We must help all of these Americans who have seen their livelihoods stymied.
Unfortunately, some political games have been played with regard to this aid. We’ve seen it hooked to a debt ceiling vote and continuing resolutions. Quite frankly we could have passed this aid by itself. We can’t confuse must pass bills like disaster relief for Americans with things that violate our principles and deeply held beliefs. Today we had this combined vote, that would do a continuing resolution on our military. Three more months where the military has no flexibility in its spending, cannot replace munitions, cannot deal with new contracts. We’ve seen years of decay and deterioration of the Armed Services and the men and women who defend our country. Now we’ve hamstrung them once again with a continuing resolution debt ceiling vote, and yet we sleep in peace at night because of these warriors that defend us.
I voted for the aid package that the House passed on September 6. While I stand with those that are in need, we have to do what's right by our military. I voted my conscience as a former warrior of the United States, and I stand with the warriors who are defending our freedom today.”