Tell your MoCs to raise the federal debt ceiling, cleanly, and with no funny-business riders attached to the bill.
The government will soon run out of money, again. In order to meet federal obligations, Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling–the maximum sum that the government is legally allowed to borrow–and soon. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recommended doing it before Congress adjourns for the summer recess.
But the conservative Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus are making unpleasant noises about allowing a shutdown. In a May 24 press release, it demanded budget cuts before it would agree to raise the debt ceiling.
To be clear–raising the debt ceiling lets the government pay for things it has already agreed to pay for. We committed to spending the money. If we don’t spend it, we’ll stiff people who are depending on our payments, including Social Security recipients and Medicaid patients. In other words, if we don’t raise the ceiling, we will injure the creditworthiness of the United States, and the last thing we need right now is to lower the world’s reputation of the U.S. even more than Trump has already lowered it.
What you need to do: Call your MoCs and demand that they vote to raise the debt ceiling without piling any pet-project bills onto it. That means voting for the raise ‘cleanly.’
Important. Is your house rep a member of the House Freedom Caucus? Then it’s extra-important that you call and demand a clean vote to raise the debt ceiling.
Click this link and scroll down to ‘Membership’ to see if your house rep is in the Freedom Caucus.
Sample script: “Dear (Senator/House Rep Lastname), I am calling to ask you to cast a clean vote to raise the government’s debt ceiling, when the time comes. We need to fulfill the promises that we made, and we cannot take the risk of shutting down the government. Please do not attach any other bills, however worthy, to the debt ceiling bill to ensure its clean passage.”
Read about the need to raise the debt ceiling:
Read a 2013 article about what happens when we don’t raise the debt ceiling when it’s needed: