Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

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    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Rep. Mo Brooks

    "We have 10 times as much tax revenue as we’ve got annual interest on the debt obligations. So if the president does not want us to default on our credit or obligations, we won’t."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Rep. Ted Yoho

    "I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Sen. Richard Burr

    "We always have enough money to pay our debt service."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Sen. Rand Paul

    "It really is irresponsible of the president to try to scare the markets. If you don’t raise your debt ceiling, all you’re saying is, ‘We’re going to be balancing our budget.’ So if you put it in those terms, all these scary terms of, ‘Oh my goodness, the world’s going to end’ — if we balance the budget, the world’s going to end? Why don’t we spend what comes in?"

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Rep. Steve King

    "I don’t think the credit of the United states is going to be collapsed. I think that all this talk about a default has been a lot of demagoguery, false demagoguery. We have plenty of money coming in to service the debt."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Sen. Tom Coburn

    "I would dispel the rumor that is going around that you hear on every newscast that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling we will default on our debt. We won't."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Sen. Ron Johnson

    "I believe [breaching the debt ceiling] can be managed responsibly without creating some kind of crisis or some kind of economic calamity. Again, I just – I cannot emphasize enough how irresponsible I think it is that the Treasury secretary or the president of the United States is talking that way. They should be trying to calm the markets."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Rep. David Schweikert

    "I will hear language like, 'Well, we are heading toward the debt ceiling and you are going to default.' Anyone that says that is looking you in the eyes and lying to you, either that or they don't own a calculator."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Rep. Jeb Hensarling

    "The bottom line is, Treasury has the ability to manage that..."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Sen. Orrin Hatch

    "It is irresponsible for high-ranking government officials to stoke fear into the marketplace and sentiments of the American people based on personal conjectures..."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Sen. Roy Blunt

    "Prioritize the order in which you pay your bills? That's no definition of default I've ever heard used in any way. Default is when you don't pay your loan. Prioritizing how you pay your bills is prioritizing how you pay your bills."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Sen. Pat Toomey

    "First of all, there is zero chance that the U.S. government is going to default on its debt. It's unfortunate that people have conflated this idea of not raising the debt ceiling immediately on October 17 with somehow defaulting on our debt. We bring in in tax revenue about 12 times as much money as it takes to pay our interest on our debt. There is no way that any Treasury secretary or administration would willfully choose to have the catastrophic results that would occur if we actually defaulted on our debt when it's not necessary."

    Meet 13 debt ceiling truthers

    Rep. Joe Barton

    "We have in my household budget some bills that have to be paid and some bills that only paid partially ... This talk about default by the U.S. Treasury is nonsense."

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