You would think it would be an important vote. After all, Congressman Ron Paul actually took a day off of campaigning in order to return to Washington to be there for it.
But no, it was all just a song and dance, as the House today voted down raising the debt ceiling, 239-176. The vote, which was mostly along party lines, did absolutely nothing, as President Barack Obama can veto their refusal, and Republicans lack the 2/3rds majority needed to override.
So what was the point of the entire vote? Fox News lays it out nicely. “[T]o give air cover for members yet provide for the debt limit to be raised, lawmakers allowed both houses of Congress to vote on ‘resolutions of disapproval.’ In other words, a ‘yea’ vote in favor of ‘disapproving’ of the debt ceiling rejects a hike in the debt limit. Plus, this give members a good chance to rail against the president, vent about the debt and look good because they didn’t vote to raise the debt ceiling. In fact, they voted to ‘disapprove’ of President Obama’s request to increase the debt limit.”
In other words, 239 House members, mostly Republicans, just voted that they intend to run against Barack Obama’s record in their reelections back at home.
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