Friday, July 29, 2011

Labrador, Simpson Vote For Debt Limit Bill; Senate Promptly Kills Measure

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

UPDATE 6:28 pm: Less than two hours after the U.S. House passed its debt reduction plan, the U.S. Senate promptly killed the so-called Boehner bill. The Democratic majority of the Senate tabled the bill indefinitely and began considering its own version of a plan aimed at avoiding a default on Aug. 2. Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted against the motion to table the bill.

ORIGINAL POST: Idaho Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson joined 216 of their Republican colleagues to pass a debt-limit plan crafted by House Speaker John Boehner this evening. The final vote, 218-210 didn't include a single Democratic vote and 22 Republicans opposed the bill—Reps. Michele Bachmann, Connie Mack and Ron Paul joined Democrats to vote no.

The plan increases the nation's debt ceiling in two stages; one condition attached included a proposed Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.

Pink=Yes, Blue=No
  • Pink=Yes, Blue=No

"I worked with the Speaker to craft an improved balanced budget section to the Budget Control Act," said Labrador. "We now have another option to cut spending, cap spending and balance the budget."

"This bill puts us on a path to solving our debt crisis and boosts our economy by preventing the possibility of a default and ensuring Social Security checks, military active-duty paychecks and veterans' benefits go out on time," said Simpson.


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