Debt Ceiling Whip Count

The National Journal has released a Senate whip list, which shows a potential breakdown of the votes to raise the debt ceiling.  The votes range from “yes” on a clean increase, to “undecided and to “no” without significant spending cuts and reforms.

27 Democrats would vote “yes” on raising the debt ceiling without any spending cuts or reform, while every Republican would continue to stand firm with a vote of “no” unless there are significant spending cuts and reforms.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) justified his vote by saying:

“I will vote to defeat an increase in the debt limit unless it is the last one we ever authorize and is accompanied by a plan for fundamental tax reform, an overhaul of our regulatory structure, a cut to discretionary spending, a balanced-budget amendment, and reforms to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”

Compare that with Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) reasoning behind not giving her constituents an insight into her thinking: “I’m not going to give you my economic analysis on my position on the debt limit.”

The Democrats who support raising the debt ceiling all give the same, tired argument: if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, America will collapse.  We all know that this is simply not true and nothing but a scare tactic used by those on the left who want to justify their spending habits.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) responded dismissively by saying, “I think it would be fine if we just raised the debt ceiling.”

It’s that passive attitude that has allowed the debt ceiling to be raised 74 times since 1962.  Our country is in serious need of reform, and the Senate Majority Leader basically just waived off the issue entirely.  This condescending and dismissive attitude is why nothing gets done in Washington!

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5 thoughts on “Debt Ceiling Whip Count

  1. The problem with not raising the debt ceiling is congress will make cuts in programs and agencies which may not help people get jobs.

    The real solution is to Raise the Debt ceiling but at the same time STOP funding (SHUT DOWN, CLOSE, DECOMMISSION) the following federal departments.
    Department of Energy – by closing this department, we would create over 5million jobs in America in the first 2 years alone. This would also substantially reduce the cost of government because the federal government consumes more energy than any other private sector. By cutting the price of Fuel 75% the saving will be tremendous. Then we remove tens of thousands of federal employees off the payroll because the Federal Department of Energy will no longer become an obstacle in the US and world Economies.

    Environmental Protection Agency – must be closed permanently as well. this will help bring thousands of manufacturing jobs back to the USA. China did not take our jobs, the US Federal Government took our jobs. The US federal government is also selling our soul to the highest bidder in way of US government Bonds. That is our freedom the Federal government is auctioning off Weekly in way of US government Bonds.

    The Department of Education – must be closed so our kids can get a fair chance at a decent education.

    If we close those 3 departments then this will be the last time we will have to vote on Increasing the Debt Ceiling.

    My name is Emil Szegner, i wrote” Destructive Politics”

    if you really want change, you must close those departments. reducing funding alone will not help because in 4 years a carbon copy of Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Reid will be in power to destroy our lives agains via Destructive Politics!

    Please help spread the word, close the
    Department of Energy
    Department of Education
    and EPA

    Thank you and God Bless

  2. Mr. Szegner is absolutely correct. Our jobs have left because the government insists on “protecting” us.

    When duelling was made illegal our politicians were free to lie.

  3. I hope it falls on their heads !!!,
    I wasn’t laughing at Obama’s joke concerning the boarder, I feel if the WALL ISN’T ENOUGH, BUILD A BIGGER WALL, IF THAT DOESN’T DO THE JOB, PUT THE MILITARY ON THE BOARDER (without all that red tape), IF THIS DOESN’T WORK, THROW IN THE ALLIGATORS, IF THIS TO DOESN’T WORK KEEP LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS UNTIL WE AMERICANS ARE SAFE FROM THIS INTRUSION INTO OUR COUNTRY.

  4. Geeze, I was proud to be an American after our special forces succeeded in packistan. Now, I am embarrassed again.

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