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Republican led House passes clean debt ceiling bill

February 11, 2014

 Today 28 Republican sided with the Democrats in the House to pass a clean debt ceiling bill with no spending cuts and without reinstating the military pensions which were cut when Paul Ryan compromised on a budget deal with Patty Murray.

  Once again spending will increase under the John Boehner led House just as it always does.

“Today, Republican ‘leadership’ in the House completely gave up fighting for the priorities of the American people and once again caved to the demands of President Obama and the Democrats. This latest failure is just more proof that it’s time to dump the GOP leadership in Congress,” said ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell.

The 28 Republicans who voted “yes”:

  • John Boehner (OH)
  • Ken Calvert (CA)
  • Dave Camp (MI)
  • Eric Cantor (VA)
  • Howard Coble (NC)
  • Chris Collins (NY)
  • Charles Dent (PA)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick (PA)
  • Michael Grimm (NY)
  • Richard Hanna (NY)
  • Doc Hastings (WA)
  • Darrell Issa (CA)
  • Peter King (NY)
  • Kevin McCarthy (CA)
  • Buck McKeon (CA)
  • Patrick Meehan (PA)
  • Gary Miller (CA)
  • Devin Nunes (CA)
  • David Reichert (WA)
  • Hal Rogers (KY)
  • Peter Roskam (IL)
  • Ed Royce (CA)
  • Jon Runyan (NJ)
  • John Shimkus (IL)
  • Chris Smith (NJ)
  • David Valadao (CA)
  • Frank Wolf (VA)

    Paul Ryan voted against the bill, calling it a “missed opportunity”:

Ryan called the vote a “missed opportunity.”

“We need to pay our bills today and make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow,” Ryan said in a statement after the vote.

  But of course Paul Ryan has lost all credibility on this issue when he compromised with Patty Murray to pass a budget which increased spending, reversed many of the sequester cuts which represented the only victory fiscally conservative Republicans managed to gain, and cut military pensions so take this for what it is worth. It seems to be like he is trying to win back some credibility on this issue, but it is too little too late.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2014 9:19 pm

    Costa Rica, Steve, Costa Rica! The Republicans believe there is nothing they can do unless they control both houses and the oval office. And, if they did, do you really believe they wouldn’t keep raising the debt limit? I’m losing faith, my friend.


    • February 11, 2014 9:22 pm

      I am with you at this point. The Republicans are not interested in controlling spending, they are only interested in being in control of the spending.


  2. February 11, 2014 9:22 pm

    Reblogged this on


  3. February 11, 2014 9:31 pm

    And I thought crack pipe vending machines in Washington State was a story. The justification for this according to Boner and the rest of these hard -ons is to have a clean path to running against Barry are in November. Someone needs to tell them that they’re already on the road to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory . My wife and I have an open invitation to move to San Vito; it’s sounding better every day. Hey Jim, maybe we’ll meet in Panama for coffee.


  4. February 11, 2014 9:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Chowchilla Patriot.


  5. February 11, 2014 9:46 pm

    Jeopardizing the credit of the United States by debating whether or not to pay bills already incurred is not the way to inspire confidence in our economy. The way to cut spending is not to refuse to pay the bills when they come due – as any living American trying to make ends meet can affirm.

    Take good care and may God bless all of us!



    • February 11, 2014 10:01 pm

      At some point the bills will not be able to be paid, when do we start to get this under control?


    • February 11, 2014 10:10 pm

      TGY , you ‘re right. The way to stop spending is to stop spending. It’s not rocket science.


  6. MaddMedic permalink
    February 11, 2014 11:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word… and commented:
    28 RINOs whom need to be replaced…


  7. February 12, 2014 12:02 am

    They’re either cowering at the thought of another government shutdown, or just trying to save their committee positions. I’m writing a letter to Issa and he better have a damn good reason.


    • February 12, 2014 6:36 am

      And they don’t want to make waves before the election because they are afraid of what the MSM will say.


    • February 12, 2014 12:31 pm

      Maybe his fellow one percenters told him that failing to extend the debt ceiling is bad for business and their continuing to make money. Even the uncertainty surrounding those “debates” harmed the economy. Glad they came to their senses.

      The debt is always increased by the amount of the annual deficit, less debt service. The comforting thing to keep in mind is that except for that period in the Clinton administration when the budget was balanced and there was zero annual deficit, the current deficit, as a percentage of GDP, is smaller than its been at any time since the Eisenhower administration.

      If you’re really looking for a scapegoat for modern deficit spending, try looking at Mr. Reagan.

      As to “one day we won’t be able to borrow to pay the bills,” the answer is simple – don’t incur the bills. But don’t try to make the US a deadbeat nation.

      Take good care and may God bless us all!



      • February 12, 2014 8:13 pm

        I have written several times in the recent past about the establishment Republicans bowing to their corporate masters and doing what is best for them even if it hurts the Average American, and there is no doubt they were feeling the pressure from them on this issue as well. When push comes to shove they will vote where the money tells them to.
        I agree, it is time to stop incurring the bills and that is why I am so hard on Paul Ryan’s budget compromise. Especially since he is one of the ones talking about how we need to cut spending.


  8. zip permalink
    February 12, 2014 2:09 pm

    Smooth as butter they are! Notice hardly anything said on the media about this coming up until after the fact – done deal.
    Corbett Report has a insightful take on this how ‘since 1996 the Pentagon has spent 8.5 Trill (unaccountable) $$$$s’.
    “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Prov 29:2


  9. lou222 permalink
    February 12, 2014 8:45 pm

    What difference does it make? I like that saying! After they have drained us dry, what will they do then? I know people are always talking about the “governments money”, well it is OUR money and I thought we had a say in how it was being spent. I know TGY we need to pay our bills, but damn, do they have to have an unlimited charge card? Even WE are not that stupid when it comes to spending, you’d think they would learn.


    • February 13, 2014 6:39 am

      At some point families have to sacrifice when they have no money to spend, but when the government has no money to spend we are asked to sacrifice yet again.


    • February 13, 2014 12:49 pm

      Lou222, I don’t know your situation, but I’m sure that when you’re trying to make ends meet, you don’t simply decide not to pay some bills. And the debt ceiling isn’t an unlimited charge card – whoever convinced you of that abused your intelligence.

      Yes, the debt is a problem. The deficit, though, is a problem today only because it adds to the size of the debt – on its own, it’s better than it’s been at any point since the Eisenhower administration, except for the times during the Clinton administration when there was no deficit at all.

      We all know that the better the economy, the better the tax revenues, and at some point those revenues are sufficient to run the government without borrowing money. However, some of the other policies being pushed by the GOP seem to run counter to that idea. Cutting off unemployment benefits for the longterm unemployed, for example, doesn’t just hurt them, it hurts every place where they spend money, like grocery stores and gasoline stations.

      Yet the GOP and TParty insist that cutting off unemployment benefits is somehow fiscally responsible, even though those benefits have been shown to be a surefire way to pump much-needed money into struggling local economies.

      Ditto food stamps – beside the fact that cutting food stamps harms the children and elders who are the main recipients, it also harms the farmers and other elements of the food industry.

      Yet you guys seem inextricably wedded to the trickle-down theories that characterized the GOP since even before Reagan administration, despite the fact that the GWBush administration was a dramatic repudiation of those theories.

      Take good care and may God bless us all!




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