BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts Democrats say they supported a measure by U.S. House Republicans to increase the nation’s borrowing authority for three months, but that’s not enough.
Rep. Niki Tsongas of Lowell says the short-term legislation passed Wednesday isn’t creating certainty for businesses and the economy. Tsongas says she voted for it to prevent a first-ever default on U.S. obligations. But she said Congress must raise the debt ceiling, pay its bills and work to pass a bipartisan budget that cuts the deficit.
Rep. John Tierney of Salem said he also voted for it. But he said House Republicans must consider in budget talks new spending cuts already in effect and tax increases recently approved, as well as savings from ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said voters want balanced deficit reduction, not harsh cuts that would derail the economy.