Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
August 2, 2011  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Statement on Senate Vote to Prevent Catastrophic Default  

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today made the following statement after she voted for legislation to end the threat of the first default in our nation’s history. The measure passed the Senate on a 74-26 vote.  

“Today we acted to prevent a catastrophic default that would have hurt every American. But let’s be clear: This was a Republican-made crisis.  

“Never before in our nation’s history has one party held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage and taken our country to the brink of a default in order to push its extreme ideological agenda. It was reckless, it was wrong and we must ensure it never happens again.  

“I am pleased that we took steps to protect Social Security, Medicare and other critical lifelines for our most vulnerable citizens. Now we must turn our attention to our country’s most pressing priority: creating jobs and strengthening our economy.”