House Republicans Vote Down Debt Ceiling Increase Just Because

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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Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago


Dan B.
Dan Brook5 years ago

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K6 years ago

Portland, if the debt ceiling is not raised, the troops will not get paid, among other things. Although I'm not sure why I bothered to answer you, since your post was just an excuse for spam.

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K6 years ago

Eric, that equal blame argument is tired and not always appropriate. Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, including us.

But in this case the republicans deserve the majority of the blame, and should have to take the repercussions for it.

They need to be called on their shit, not excused for it.

Eric Lees
Eric Lees6 years ago

Pointing fingers at Republican or Democrats does us no good, both parties are to blame as well as ourselves for electing these fools. Our country is broke!

If the government does not reign in spending and soon we will have a dollar collapse. The BRIC nations are already slowly abandoning the dollar. They know they can not pull their money out quickly as the whole system will come crashing down.

@ Frances C. Yes I remember what happened last time they fought over raising the debt limit. Nothing! They created the super committee that they knew would fail. And here we are again.

Portland N.
P. L. Neola6 years ago

Actually, I do not want the debt ceiling raised!!! I want us to start whittling away on our debts!!!

I am already getting ready to do my part when the Bush tax cuts expire! I discontinued internet service by canceling my modem service. In a few days, I will be mailing my modem back in a self-addressed box to Clear.

My complex started providing free Wi-Fi around three months ago, and I decided to take advantage of it. Actually, the free Wi-Fi service is much better than the Clear modem. So, I lucked out in this situation!!!

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Lee W. I was delighted. Who knew the Prez had such a cool voice?

rene davis
irene davis6 years ago


John Kramer
John Kramer6 years ago

I am glad the House has refused to raise the debt ceiling. It is time to cut the national debt. Our country can't afford to barrow any more momoney. Our country is brake. Our country needs to save money. It is time to make huge cuts in government spending.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

The debt is tied to trillions of dollars of treasury *bonds* bought by investors worldwide.