With the U.S. surpassing the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, many in Congress are hedging whether or not to raise the ceiling, a move that has been carried out several time since 2008. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, along with Florida’s Congressional Delegation of Allen West, Sandy Adams, Daniel Webster, and David Rivera, have now been joined by Steve Southerland in opposition to raising the debt ceiling unless precautionary measures were installed to prevent the raising of the debt ceiling in the future. Southerland, a freshman Congressman from Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, said he would be a ‘no-vote’ unless someone in leadership can show him how raising the debt ceiling will be a part of reducing the debt.
Southerland believes that the debt crisis puts the U.S. at a disadvantage with foreign nations who at this point, who now hold 47% of our national debt. In addition, the Congressman cited how European countries that have let their debt issues go unresolved are now at the brink of collapse, while others economies have already collapsed.
Southerland is considered by many in Congress to be an up-and-coming Republican leader with his ‘no-holds, unapologetic’ approach to tackling the pressing issues and concerns that the country faces.
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