U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, voted Thursday against a bill that passed in the Republican-controlled U.S. House that would put holders of federal debt, including creditor nations such as China, and people on Social Security at the front of the line to be paid if the government hits its borrowing limit.
The idea behind the GOP proposal is to soften the impact of a U.S. default on its debt obligations.
But Democrats have said the legislation would ensure a downgrade of the debt by implying the nation would be willing to pay some of its bills but not others.
The bill passed on a near party-line vote of 221-207.
Enyart slammed the bill, criticizing it for being "nothing more than a plan for default. The legislation promoted by the House majority would allow bondholders from China and other foreign nations to be paid first, ahead of our soldiers, if theres ever a default on our nations debt."
Enyart said Congress should not "play games with our troops pay, especially while we are at war. Thats why Ive pledged to donate my entire salary to Wounded Warriors if these Washington games lead to a default. I hope that those who co-sponsored this terrible piece of legislation are willing to make the same pledge.