Bread for the World Applauds House for Ending Budget Brinkmanship
Washington, DC, February 11, 2014
Bread for the World applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for raising the nation’s debt ceiling today without any conditions. In a 221-201 vote, lawmakers voted to effectively end three years of budget showdowns that have created undue strain on the economy—especially among struggling families.
Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, issued the following statement in response:
“We applaud the House of Representatives for addressing the debt ceiling without the sort of brinksmanship that has characterized the last few years.
“Coming to a decision without risking a financial crisis contributes to economic recovery and the gradual decline of unemployment, which is tremendously important for the reduction of hunger and poverty in our country.
This bill eliminates any chance of the United States defaulting on $17.2 trillion in debt until March 2015. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has vowed to pass it.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138