Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement today as the National Debt passed the $16 trillion mark:

“Since taking office President Obama has saddled every American with an additional $17,000 owed towards paying off the National Debt. Today he has reached another milestone – setting a record $16 trillion in outstanding Debt. When he came to Congress this time last year, and asked for an extension in the Debt Limit, I voted against it because I knew we would be right where we are today. We can no longer continue to kick the can down the road, and further burden our children and grandchildren with the task of repaying this sum. The President must come to the table and work with Congress to begin balancing the budget and stop the unchecked rise of our National Debt.”