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!