WASHINGTON – On Tuesday evening, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva voted to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 2021 and suspend the debt limit through December 2022.
“I, along with House Democrats, supported this continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown and ensure critical services for vulnerable and working people across this country,” said Rep. Grijalva. “Republicans would prefer to play games with people’s lives and only support the suspension of the debt limit when it comes to giving massive tax cuts and handouts to the wealthiest Americans and companies rather than support working families in the middle of a pandemic. Failure to pass this legislation will have real consequences for people across this nation and we cannot afford to default on our debt. As we move forward, we must prove to the American people that their government works for them and pass the Build Back Better agenda to ensure that all of us – not just those at the top – get to share the benefits of our economy.”
Since 2011, each of the seven times the debt limit needed to be addressed, Congress has done so on a bipartisan basis. Republicans supported suspending the debt limit all three times that it needed to be addressed in the last Administration, when the debt rose by $7.8 trillion.