"Legislation Would Block IMF From Using $108 Billion in U.S. Taxpayer Money for Growing Bailouts
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference,
and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
introduced legislation today that would stop
the Obama Administration’s costly bailouts of Greece and other European nations.
Since the bailout money is being dispensed through the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
their bill would rescind the IMF’s authority to spend up to $108 billion of U.S. taxpayer money
which was made available to fund these disastrous bailouts.
“At a time when the federal government is borrowing $5 billion every day
on top of a $14 trillion national debt,
I am gravely concerned by America’s growing involvement in the ‘gathering storm’ of European bailouts,”
said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “The European debt crisis was caused by too much spending and borrowing
and that crisis will not be solved by more spending and borrowing.
A ‘Euro-TARP’ is the wrong approach because it's creating a ‘moral hazard’
that will lead to larger counties — particularly Spain and Italy
— standing in line for U.S. tax dollars tomorrow.
America should have no part in it.”
“We haven’t even begun to seriously address our own economic difficulties,
so it makes no sense to continue bailing out failing European countries,” said Sen. DeMint.
“If we don’t reverse our reckless fiscal course, America will be the one in need of a bailout.
We need to stop the spending, stop the debt, and pass a balanced budget amendment.”
“American taxpayers have seen more bailouts than they can stomach,
and the last thing they should have to worry about are their hard-earned tax dollars
being used to rescue a foreign government,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
who introduced the Senate bill with Sen. DeMint.
...The House bill number is H.R. 2313.
The European Union charter
requires that every EU member have a debt-to-GDP ratio lower than 60 percent
and a budget deficit below 3 percent.
Virtually none of the EU members meet that standard.
Since the European debt crisis broke in early 2010,
the IMF has committed $353 billion to bailing out European governments,
although most of that money hasn’t been dispensed yet.
The U.S. is the leading funder of the IMF.
On March 24, 2010, Rep. McMorris Rodgers was the first Member of Congress
to publicly oppose U.S. involvement in a European bailout.
Greece became the first country to receive an IMF bailout seven weeks later."