WASHINGTON — When Congress returns from its two-week recess, one of its top priorities will be voting on whether to raise the federal government’s debt limit. A few Republicans have already said they’re not going to approve an increase.
In a town hall meeting on Thursday, though, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) saw just how hard that position will be to defend. Crawford’s constituents pressed him on his statement that the country can avoid default without raising the debt ceiling.
“I don’t think we solve our debt crisis by incurring more debt,” Crawford told attendees at the town hall in Jonesboro. When a constituent asked him if he was therefore going to allow the country to default on its debt, Crawford insisted, “No, I’m not.”