[Congressional Record Volume 169, Number 89 (Thursday, May 25, 2023)]
[Page H2614]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                          DEBT CEILING CRISIS

  (Ms. JAYAPAL asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. JAYAPAL. Mr. Speaker, this is an outrage. Republicans want to 
drive us over the cliff into default and catastrophe, cut off 
healthcare and Social Security payments, and drive up interest rates so 
more people are homeless and hungry.
  Five Republicans could join all 213 Democrats and lift the debt 
ceiling right now, but they went home.
  My constituent Amy called me absolutely terrified that she is going 
to miss her Social Security payment. If that happens, then she can't 
pay her rent and won't have a place to live.
  Amy heard Republicans yesterday say the quiet part out loud. They 
said: We don't want to negotiate with our hostage.
  Well, Amy is your hostage. She and millions like her--teachers, 
firefighters, seniors, veterans--are demanding that Republicans stop 
playing games with their lives.
  Donald Trump presided over the third largest deficit increase in the 
debt ever because they spent almost $2 trillion on tax cuts for the 
wealthiest billionaires, and now they want poor and working people to 
pay that bill.
  Stop it. Pass a clean debt ceiling right now.