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Texas Democrats accused of maxing out U.S. credit card

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms
Published on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 6:36 p.m.

Two days after the United States hit its $14.3 trillion limit on borrowing, the National Republican Congressional Committee accused Democratic lawmakers, including U.S. Reps. Ruben Hinojosa of Mercedes and Henry Cuellar of Laredo, of being financially irresponsible.

On May 18, the committee issued similar press releases targeting Hinojosa, Cuellar and 58 other Democratic House members, including Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio. Each statement said the representative and his or her "fellow Democrats" had gone on a "spending spree and now their credit card is maxed out."

Our colleagues at PolitiFact Ohio investigated the claim. They found reasons to be skeptical.

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Sources:

PolitiFact Ohio, "NRCC says Rep. Betty Sutton’s ‘spending spree’ maxed out federal debt," May 31, 2011

National Republican Congressional Committee, press releases, "After Democrats Max Out the Credit Card, Hinojosa Content to Ask for More," May 18, 2011

Researchers: Stephen Koff

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