Apr 14 2015

Shelby on Doc Fix: "We must make responsible decisions today to avoid placing further debt on the backs of future generations."

WASHINGTON, DC – Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement following his vote against legislation that repeals Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate formula without following the “Pay As You Go” rule designed to ensure that Congress offsets spending in legislation:

“While I support efforts to provide certainty to doctors who care for Medicare patients and to put an end to short-term legislative patches, I opposed the ‘doc fix’ bill because it increases the debt by $141 billion – plus the interest that will accumulate with this additional deficit spending – over the next 10 years.  I have serious concerns with our growing debt and believe that this legislation will only worsen our fiscal outlook.   We must make responsible decisions today to avoid placing further debt on the backs of future generations.”

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