Campaign 2010

Jun 10, 2009

Mark Kirk to China: Donít Trust America


Has Congressman Mark Kirk forgotten his responsibility to support and defend the United States?   In repeated public statements, Congressman Kirk outrageously admitted to going to China and telling foreign investors to not believe the United States Government.


"After helping get us into this current economic crisis by supporting President Bush's failed economic policies, Congressman Mark Kirk went to China and told Chinese officials that the American government was not to be trusted," said Ryan Rudominer, National Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Congressman Kirk's questioning of America while representing our government in China is incredibly irresponsible and endangers the American economy.  These are serious times, Congressman Kirk needs to get serious about his support of the American economy, especially when Kirk is representing his country in China."


According to the Straits Times, Congressman Mark Kirk mentioned in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, that he told Chinese officials "the budget numbers that the U.S. Government had put forward should not be believed."






In 2001 Kirk voted against reducing the country's debt.  [H Con Res 83, Vote #69, 3/28/01]


In 2004 Kirk voted against adopting a pay-as-you-go tax offset.  [S Con Res 95, Vote #145, 5/5/04]


Twice in 2004 Kirk voted to raise the debt limit.  [HR 4613, Vote #280, 6/22/04; S 2986, Vote #536, 11/18/04]


In 2004 Kirk voted against a Democratic plan for a balanced budget.  [H Con Res 393, Vote #89, 3/25/04]


In 2006 Kirk voted to raise the debt limit.  [H Con Res 376, Vote #158, 5/18/06; Associated Press, 5/18/06]


Kirk repeatedly voted for President Bush's irresponsible budgets that turned the largest surplus in history into the largest deficit in history.  [H Con Res 353, Vote #79, 3/20/02; House Bill Watch; House Weekly, 3/23/02; H Con Res 95, Vote #82, 3/21/03; House Weekly, 3/22/03; H Con Res 393, Vote #92, 3/25/04; New York Times, 3/26/04; H Con Res 95, Vote #149, 4/28/05]