House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after he voted to lift the debt ceiling until March 2015:

"I am pleased that the House passed legislation today to lift the debt limit until March 2015 with bipartisan support.  Raising the debt limit allows the U.S. government to pay the bills we have already incurred, and in no way increases spending.  I am encouraged that House Republican leadership offered a clean debt limit vote that wasn’t tied to any partisan policies.  Further, by removing the potential of a destabilizing and destructive default on our obligations, lifting the debt limit allows us the focus more on advancing policies that grow our economy, create jobs, and expand economic opportunity.”