GREENVILLE, NC –  As portions of the federal government remain shuttered over a standoff between the president and Congress regarding funding for the wall, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) reminded all parties that increases in federal spending, including expenditures for the wall, should not be paid for by raising the debt.

“Whatever compromise is reached, it should be paid for without adding to the deficit or the debt,” said Congressman Jones.  “America’s national debt is nearly $22 trillion.  Next year our annual deficit is projected to top $1 trillion.  We can’t afford to keep financing the provision of government services by borrowing more and more money. It’s morally irresponsible and it’s got to stop.”

“Improving security on the southern border is essential, and we need a fiscally responsible plan to pay for it,” Jones continued.  “If Mexico isn’t going to be made to pay for a wall, that means funds must be found internally.  Options could include cutting other wasteful federal spending.  Foreign aid and the war in Afghanistan would be good places to start.  As a wealthy man, the president might consider pledging some of his own funds as well.  Whatever it takes, just so long as we don’t add to the debt that is bankrupting our great country.”

Congressman Jones is a leader in the fight to cut wasteful spending and balance the budget.  He has consistently voted against increasing the debt limit, and over the past 14 years, he is the only member of Congress to vote against every bloated federal budget.   

For additional information, please contact Congressman Walter Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415.