“My colleagues throughout the aisle say that they care about seniors, veterans, youngsters, and households, however within the phrases of James Baldwin, ‘I can’t consider what you say, as a result of I see what you do.’”
“Republicans proceed to control in a approach that’s clueless, callous, and with nice contempt, and I might say godless, as a result of religion with out works is useless.”
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WASHINGTON – In an impassioned speech on the Home ground, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) blasted Republicans for holding the financial system hostage and threatening a default on our nationwide debt as they attempt to rip away healthcare and life-saving help for essentially the most susceptible individuals.
A full transcript of her remarks is out there under and the complete video is accessible right here.
Transcript: Pressley Blasts GOP for Holding Economic system Hostage, Threatening Default on Nationwide Debt
U.S. Home of Representatives
Could 25, 2023
I rise right this moment on behalf of the lots of of 1000’s of individuals within the Massachusetts Seventh.
The only mother in Randolph who is dependent upon SNAP to feed her infants.
The disabled veteran in Chelsea who depends on SSDI.
Households in Roxbury struggling to pay hire and their mortgages.
My colleagues throughout the aisle say that they care about seniors, veterans, youngsters, and households, however within the phrases of James Baldwin, ‘I can’t consider what you say, as a result of I see what you do.’
The Republicans proceed to control in a approach that’s clueless, callous, and with nice contempt, and I might say godless, as a result of religion with out works is useless.
Republicans need us to make an inconceivable alternative: excessive, drastic cuts to life-saving applications, or a catastrophic default on our debt—each of which might influence our most susceptible.
And it is a manufactured disaster. That may be a false alternative.
If Republicans had even an oz of compassion. Democrats wish to change and save lives and Republicans wish to play with yours. And the American individuals are at present in limbo due to it.
Cease taking part in with individuals’s lives. This isn’t a recreation. Move a clear debt ceiling improve.
A Republican default on our debt would:
- Kill about 8,500 jobs in MA-07 alone. Nationwide, a default might kill greater than 7 million jobs.
- Jeopardize Social Safety funds for 64,000 households in MA-07.
- Put well being advantages in danger for 297,000 individuals in MA-07 who depend on Medicare, Medicaid, or Veterans Affairs well being protection.
- Enhance lifetime mortgage prices for the standard home-owner in Massachusetts by $90,000.
- Elevate the prices of a brand new automotive mortgage for the standard American by $800.
- Threaten the retirement financial savings of 77,800 individuals close to retirement in MA-07, eliminating $20,000 from the standard retirement portfolio.
Final week, Rep. Pressley joined her colleagues within the Congressional Progressive Caucus in urging President Biden to arrange to invoke his constitutional authority granted within the 14th Modification to uphold the complete religion and credit score of the US and finish Republican hostage taking of the financial system that might set off a monetary disaster. Rep. Pressley has additionally joined her colleagues in urging Speaker McCarthy to permit immediate ground consideration of laws to boost the debt ceiling with none extraneous insurance policies hooked up.