WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement after opposing legislation to increase the debt limit from its current $20 trillion level:

“For many years now, Washington, D.C. has abdicated its responsibility to rein in our soaring national debt, instead repeatedly voting on short-term fixes and increasing the debt limit without making substantive, serious changes to the way Washington spends money. This pattern is a threat to our economic health, job creation and the ability of the next generation of Americans to pursue bright futures. To couple this kind of short-sighted punt with disaster relief funding is Washington at its worst.

“I support providing relief for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated many parts of Texas, and to providing financial resources as millions of Americans in the southeast prepare for Hurricane Irma. It is unfortunate that we were unable to demonstrate our support for the suffering Americans on our gulf coast due to the addition of the continuing resolution and approaching debt limit.”