NRCC Launches Calls Highlighting Dems’ Demand for a New Credit Card

June 3, 2011

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Russ Carnahan (MO-03), David Cicilline (RI-01), Mark Critz (PA-12), John Garamendi (CA-10), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Jim Himes (CT-04), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03), Brad Miller (NC-13), John Yarmuth (KY-03)

NRCC Launches Calls Highlighting Cicilline’s Demand for a New Credit Card
Rhode Island Democrat Demands More Borrowing Free of Any Fiscal Reform

Washington — The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced targeted calls highlighting David Cicilline’s role as one of the leading House Democrats calling for a “clean” debt ceiling hike free of any spending reform. Cicilline is finding himself increasingly at odds with his Rhode Island constituents as he continues to demand the ability to spend and borrow more from foreign countries like China without a single cut.

“David Cicilline’s demand to borrow even more without any major spending cuts not only threatens to harm our economy, it could not be more out of touch with what his Rhode Island constituents want,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “In continuing the Democrat spending spree voters overwhelmingly rejected, Cicilline is only piling on even more of the government’s debt burden to foreign countries like China onto Rhode Island families and future generations.”

On Thursday, Moody’s warned that the U.S. credit rating outlook would be downgraded if the Democrats who control Washington didn’t get serious about a meaningful debt-reduction plan:

“A credible agreement on substantial deficit reduction would support a continued stable outlook; lack of such an agreement could prompt Moody’s to change its outlook to negative on the Aaa rating.”

“Whether the outlook on the rating would be stable or negative would depend upon whether the outcome of the negotiations included meaningful progress toward substantial and credible long-term deficit reduction. Such reduction would imply stabilization within a few years and ultimately a decline in the government’s debt ratios, including the ratio of debt to GDP.” (Dan Arnall, “Moody’s Will Review U.S. Credit Rating if No Debt Limit Progress in the Coming Weeks,” ABC News’ The Note Blog, 6/2/11)

The script for the targeted calls is as follows:

Hello, I’m calling from the National Republican Congressional Committee with troubling information about your Congressman David Cicilline. After spending recklessly and maxing out the nation’s credit card, Cicilline demanded that Congress vote to increase the nation’s debt limit without making any spending cuts. Cicilline begged for another credit card with no plan on how to pay the bills or promise to stop his spending addiction. Call David Cicilline at 202-225-4911 and tell him to stop being irresponsible with your tax dollars – and stop borrowing money from China to pay for more spending. This call was paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 202-479-7000.

David Cicilline’s constituents should know that he is demanding that Rhode Island families and future generations receive even more of the government’s debt burden in order to continue bankrolling his Democrat spending spree. Cicilline has demonstrated once again that he will do anything to defend his policy of endless spending and borrowing from foreign countries like China.