First Congressional District Democratic Chair Calls On Congressman Wittman to Demand a Vote on a Clean CR and Debt Limit Bill

First Congressional District Democratic Chair Calls On Congressman Wittman to Demand a Vote on a Clean CR and Debt Limit Bill

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2013

Contact: Marc Broklawski, 540-395-3367

Reacting to news that moderate House Republicans are refusing to vote for an end to the federal government shutdown, Marc Broklawski, Chair of the First Congressional District Democratic Committee, calls on Congressman Wittman to demand a vote on a clean CR and debt limit bill with the House leadership.

“Congressman Wittman, it’s time to let the hostages go and formally demand a vote on a clean CR and debt limit bill,” said Broklawski. “The question is whether Congressman Wittman will have the backbone to stand up to his leadership and demand a clean vote. Right now, it seems Congressman Wittman is determined to follow Speaker Boehner in throwing the US economy off the cliff to economic ruin.”

In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” House Speaker John Boehner continues to insist that the votes don’t exist for passage of a clean CR. “There are not votes in the House to pass a clean CR,” said Boehner.

In addition, the House Speaker is doubling down on the GOPs strategy of hostage taking – this time threatening U.S. debt default, unless Obamacare-related provisions are included.  “We are not going to pass a clean debt limit [bill],” Boehner said. “The votes are not in the House…we are not going down that path.”

“We are days away from a catastrophic credit default and nearly a week into a government shutdown and all we’ve heard from Congressman Wittman are fuzzy commitments and empty promises,” Broklawski said. “The time for inaction has ended Congressman Wittman. We deserve a congressman who puts the people in our district above partisan bickering more than demonstrating his loyalty to Republican extremists on a crash course to economic disaster.”

The First Congressional District runs from Fauquier and Prince William to Newport News, with tens of thousands of residents dependent on the federal government for jobs and services.

Background

John Boehner Claims He Doesn’t Have Votes For Clean Continuing Resolution Bill

What about that Wittman “clean CR” promise?

Congressman Wittman Voted to “Block Vote on Re-Opening Government. Congressman Wittman voted to block consideration of a vote on a clean government funding resolution. According to Talking Points Memo, “The House rejected Wednesday an effort by House Democrats to put a clean temporary spending bill on the floor, closing one opportunity to re-open the federal government.” Following the vote, Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted “House rejects effort to consider clean CR to re-open gov’t on procedural vote. 230 to 194.” [HJ Res 59, Vote #512, 10/02/13; Talking Points Memo, 10/02/13; Twitter, 10/02/13]

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