“Coalition must not allow expansion of debt ceiling”
The members of the opposition are not happy about the government’s plan to raise the debt ceiling from 60% to 80%. Although the government has indicated that it would be temporary measure, MP Marinus Bee (ABOP) fears that “the government wants to create an option to once again handle state funds irresponsibly.” MP Bee is therefore urging the legislators from the coalition not to support the government’s plan.
Although MP Bee already gets the feeling that the coalition will not listen to him, he sincerely hopes that the coalition will have a change of heart. “We have not had any good experiences with the coalition. It seems as if they always approve everything that the government sends to parliament. We are asking them to screen the proposal thoroughly,” said MP Bee. He suggested that the government and parliament should seek alternate solutions to get out of the financial jam without changing the 60% debt ceiling. The last time the nation’s debt ceiling was modified was in 2011. “We do not want a culture where people who do not comply with the law, make additional laws to protect themselves,” said MP Bee.