May 31, 2023

Congresswoman Bush Statement on Vote Against Harmful Debt Limit Agreement


Washington D.C. (May 31, 2023) — Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) released the following statement after voting no on the debt limit legislation.

As someone whose mission in Congress is to do the most for everyone in St. Louis, starting with those who have the greatest need, I could not in good conscience vote for a bill that goes against this commitment. I’ve long said we needed to pass a clean lifting of the debt ceiling. This agreement, whose worst elements are undoubtedly the fault of MAGA Republicans who shamefully took our economy hostage, pairs raising the debt limit with many policies that will harm our most vulnerable communities. I am disgusted with the chief hostage taker Kevin McCarthy and his MAGA insurrectionist conference for threatening economic catastrophe. For the good of our country, and to prevent the GOP from politicizing the debt ceiling to harm our communities moving forward, I believe we must eliminate the debt ceiling altogether.

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Bush and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) introduced an amendment to remove the expanded GOP work requirements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).