Chairman Xavier Becerra Votes Against “Pay China First” Legislation

May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after voting against H.R. 807, the “Pay China First” legislation:

“America pays its bills and takes care of its own. Or at least it used to. With today’s vote on the so-called debt prioritization bill, not only are House Republicans planning to take our economy to the brink of default again but they’re also instructing the United States government to pay foreign creditors like China before paying our troops in harm’s way, retired or disabled veterans and American small businesses. Let’s stop playing politics with our economic recovery and the full faith and credit of the United States. Let’s get back to our work on growing our economy, creating jobs and rebuilding the middle class.”