Holt votes against Budget Control Act, says deal is not balanced

    How did you local Congress member vote on the debt ceiling. We’ll have more details later.

    But late yesterday, New Jersey’s Rush Holt announced he voted against the Budget Control Act, calling it not balanced and not fair.

    The state’s 12th District rep says, “From the beginning of this debate, I rejected the notion that America’s creditworthiness should be used as a bargaining chip.  Yet I was willing to support a balanced, fair deal if that was what was required to prevent a default.”

    Holt says he takes issue with the cuts voted on, which include things like student aid, food safety inspections and unemployment insurance.

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    “The deal lays the groundwork for another $1.5 trillion in cuts to come, to be negotiated behind closed doors by an unelected super-committee,” Holt’s statement reads.

    He says his vote against the motion to raise the debt ceiling comes in part because those who need the most will see the biggest cuts in services, while “the most privileged among us will be immune.”


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