Hagedorn Rejects Democrats’ Debt Limit Increase

October 12, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) released the following statement after rejecting the Democrats’ “demon pass” procedural stunt to raise the national debt ceiling by $480 billion. Such a maneuver would grant Democrats time and space to clear their $5.5 trillion tax and spending spree as well as other radical socialist policies. The measure passed by a vote of 219-206.

“Let’s face it – Congress had to vote to raise the national debt ceiling because of Democrats’ runaway spending and failure to do their job. Raising the debt ceiling paves the way for President Biden and the Democrats’ $5.5 trillion boondoggle, which is simply a wish list for their extreme socialist pet projects.

“With control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, Democrats have the procedural tools and time necessary to raise the debt ceiling without Republican support. If they insist on spending trillions and trillions of dollars more when the country has already amassed nearly $30 trillion in debt, then they shouldn’t expect Republicans to bail them out.

“The American people see through their shell games and deception. I voted against the increase because we cannot mortgage our children’s future this way. Passing Far-Left policies will only continue to fuel inflation, kill high-wage jobs, force more government dependency, and jeopardize our country’s fiscal future.”

Jim Hagedorn was reelected in 2020 to serve Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives for a second term. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers, and Jim resides in the rural community of Blue Earth. During his time in Congress, Hagedorn has consistently fought for the conservative principles that have made America the greatest nation in the history of the world and championed legislation to promote the First District’s primary industries and job creators – farming, small business and medical care. Hagedorn is a member of the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business.