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Clean Debt Ceiling Vote Does Not Pass The House

Clean Debt Ceiling Vote Does Not Pass The House

As was anticipated, the House vote to pass a clean debt ceiling bill with no amendments failed tonight, with 97 votes to pass and 318 votes against passage.  Every Republican voted against passage except three, who did not vote at all.  Democrats were fairly evenly split, with 97 voting for passage, 82 against it, and 13 either voting present or not voting.

So, how does the debt ceiling vote eventually end, since everyone knows that it will eventually get raised?  The Plum Line has some interesting scenarios, including “vote passed in exchange for a batch of symbolic cuts that really don’t actually reduce spending.”

Sounds sort of like the government shut down all over again.



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5:03AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I love how people like Rick Lazio continue to blame Obama for the increasing debt when Bush inherited a surplus (thanks to taxing the richer upper 1%). However,when the GOP got back in charge, they taxed the poor, people with limited funds to begin with, ran two wars without coming up with a plan to pay for them, and used the credit of the nation to run up a tab like Paris Hilton on a shopping spree.

2:01PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

@ Clarie M "attempt a stealth Coup d'état and try to take over the government" What is it about Article 1, Section 7 of the US Constitution that you don't understand?

1:55PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

@ Marilyn L "I wish the President had more power, I really do, so he could get around the fools in Congress." Say, I'll bet North Korea is nice this time of year! One thing is for sure, Kim Jung Il doesn't have any dissenting opinions to deal with - sounds like a place custom made for you!

1:34PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

There is nothing like having an entire political party sell out to some corporate alliance and attempt a stealth Coup d'état and try to take over the government. We really need to see that this is what is being attempted and the maneuvers are going to get worse over time. My biggest concern though is that Obama is not really doing a whole lot about it.

12:19PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

I wish the President had more power, I really do, so he could get around the fools in Congress.

11:26AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

@ Linda T "Did'nt hear you asking for the digging to stop when the money was being spent." Then you weren't listening....

11:17AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

@ Barry. Did'nt hear you asking for the digging to stop when the money was being spent. Two wars unfunded, a prescrition drug program for senior's without the ability to negotiate for lower prices, 3 unpaid for tax breaks. Quit your whining on hear and voice your blame to those that spent this country into bankruptcy and who have no plan to fix it unless you count putting all the woe's of the budget problems on those that can least afford their fixes, the cost shifting to the midddle class while giving all our countires treasure to the rich.

11:10AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

The republican's have no shame. They are putting our counties economy along with the worlds economy on the line to play politics. Shame on them!!!!

10:41AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

@Patrick Dieter "raining down on my unemployed head, as my Man, Obama continues to keep his promises" Patrick, forgive me if I'm getting too personal but how does your continued unemployment equate to promises kept by the current administration? Most people would see this as a logical contradiction, no?

10:38AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

The WHOLE economy is based on the wrong assumption. The world can no longer go on the assumption that the Earth has unlimited resources. The idea that the economy has to grow every year is wrong. That more people are need to buy the houses that fuel the consumption economy is wrong. Having more people has caused the global crisis. More oil has to be burned to move the people, food and products. With fewer people there is less demand everything starts to go back to where is should be. A balance. Mr Smith in the Matrix has it right. We are a virus and blight on the planet. I did my part. I had my replacement children, back when there was only 3.5 billion humans on the earth. I, then, had a vasectomy.

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