The statement from the Georgia lawmaker came on the same day that Barack Obama held his last press conference of his first term as President.
The conference was criticized by most Republicans who felt the President was dismissive of the debt issues facing the country and sounded more like a candidate on a campaign stop than a leader.
“If you wonder why the House must use the debt limit to force the President to focus on deficit reduction, you need look no further than the President’s speech this morning,” said Woodall in a statement released Monday. “The President said that the work fixing the debt and deficit is already more than halfway done and signed into law. Do any of you believe that is true? Of course not. Not only is the work not halfway done, but it has really just barely begun.
“I would love to work with the President on reducing deficits, but he doesn't want to work with me. He could have done it through the Joint Select Committee in 2011, but he refused. He could have done it in the Fiscal Cliff debate, but he refused. He doesn’t believe that debt and deficits are the catastrophic problems that I believe that they are. President Obama's record-high deficits will destroy our economy and thus our freedoms. So, no, Mr. President, you will not get my vote on increasing the debt limit until you agree to limit the spending that is driving the debt ceiling higher.
“The House will follow the will of the people and do those big things that are necessary to secure America’s future. However, only with the President’s signature, will those big successes become the law of the land and make a difference for the American people. The election is over, Mr. President, and you and I both won. Please, stop campaigning and let's get to work…together.”
Rep. Woodall represents Georgia’s 7th congressional district.