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Blank Check Bounced

- May 31, 2011

Democrats Insisted On A Clean Debt Limit Vote, But With Approval Of The President’s Handling Of The Debt Falling, They Scatter When They Finally Get Their Chance

Clean Debt Limit Vote Fails 97-318, With 82 Democrats Voting Against The Measure. (H.R. 1954,  R 0-236; D 97-82; 5/31/11)

114 HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAD INSISTED ON A CLEAN DEBT LIMIT VOTE

114 House Democrats, A Majority Of Their Caucus, Signed A Letter Endorsing A Clean Debt Limit Vote. “With that in mind, Welch last month spearheaded a letter urging Democratic leaders to unite behind a clean debt-limit bill. It was endorsed by 114 Democrats. The potential economic fallout of flirting with default, he warned, is too serious to saddle the debt-ceiling vote with politically charged budget conditions.” (Mike Lillis, “Rep. Welch: Partisan Division Begs Clean Vote To Raise Nation’s Debt Ceiling,” The Hill, 5/5/11)

In Regards To A Clean Debt Limit Vote, Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Said, “I’d Vote For That.” “Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Monday that voting against a clean measure would be ‘holding hostage the credit of the United States.’ ‘Well, when Mr. Cantor says it doesn’t have enough support, Mr. Welch has 114, of which I’m not one — I would vote for that,’ Hoyer said, referring to Vermont Rep. Peter Welch’s coalition of Democrats calling for a clean vote.” (Jake Sherman, “GOP Floats Test Vote On Debt Ceiling,” Politico, 5/3/11)

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) Prefers A Clean Debt Limit Vote. “Clyburn, (D., S.C.), the assistant Democratic leader in the House and a member of the bipartisan group of lawmakers, said his preference is for lawmakers not to ‘couple’ a vote to raise the federal debt limit with other long-term issues, like tax reform or deficit reduction, that could take too long to finalize.” (Andrew Ackerman, “Rep. Clyburn: Aim For Debt Limit Increase By Third Week of July,” Dow Jones Newswires, 5/16/11)

TONIGHT’S VOTE IS A REBUKE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHO HAS INSISTED ON A CLEAN DEBT LIMIT VOTE WITHOUT ANY SPENDING CONTROLS

President Obama Continues To Prefer A Clean Debt Limit Vote. “White House officials maintained Friday that the administration wants to see a ‘clean’ increase to the federal debt limit, despite President Obama saying it will likely be paired with spending cuts. The administration has maintained for months that Congress should not attach other provisions to a vote to increase the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, which it expects to hit in mid-May.” (Peter Schroeder, “White House: Obama Hasn’t Cahgned On ‘Clean’ Debt Vote,” The Hill’s “On The Money”, 4/15/11)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Says It Is “Imperative” That The Debt Limit Not Be Tied To “Any Other Action.” “However, when asked about the president's comment, White House press secretary Jay Carney said it is ‘imperative’ that a debt-limit vote not be ‘held hostage to any other action, because of the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling.’" (Peter Schroeder, “White House: Obama Hasn’t Cahgned On ‘Clean’ Debt Vote,” The Hill’s “On The Money”, 4/15/11)

OMB Director Jacob Lew Insists That The Debt Limit Be Passed “As A Clean, Standalone Bill.” “Jack Lew, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, struck a similar tone in an interview airing this weekend. ‘Our very strong view is that the debt limit should be passed as a clean, standalone bill,’ he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV's ‘Political Capital With Al Hunt.’” (Peter Schroeder, “White House: Obama Hasn’t Cahgned On ‘Clean’ Debt Vote,” The Hill’s “On The Money”, 4/15/11)

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Has Called For A Clean Debt Limit Vote By July. “Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday he wanted a vote to raise the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling ‘done and clean’ by July, weeks before the government could potentially default on its debts on Aug. 2.” (Damian Paletta, “Geithner Wants Debt Ceiling “Done And Clean” By July,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/17/11)

THE PUBLIC IS FIRMLY AGAINST GIVING PRESIDENT OBAMA ANOTHER BLANK CHECK TO CONTINUE HIS RECKLESS SPENDING

Politifact: Barack Obama Is “The Undisputed Debt King Of The Last Five Presidents.” “So by this measurement -- potentially a more important one -- Obama is the undisputed debt king of the last five presidents, rather than the guy who added a piddling amount to the debt, as Pelosi’s chart suggested.” (“Nancy Pelosi Post Questionable Chart On Debt Accumulation By Barack Obama, Predecessors,” Politifact, 5/19/11)

Gallup Poll: By A Two-To-One Margin, Voters Oppose Raising The Debt Ceiling. “By a 47% to 19% margin, Americans say they would want their member of Congress to vote against raising the U.S. debt ceiling, while 34% don't know enough to say.” (Dennis Jacobs, “Americans Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling, 47% To 19%,” Gallup, 5/13/11)

  • Gallup: Independents Oppose Raising The Debt Ceiling By A 46 Percent To 15 Percent Margin. “Republicans oppose raising the debt ceiling by 70% to 8% and independents by 46% to 15%. Democrats favor raising the ceiling by 33% to 26%.” (Dennis Jacobs, “Americans Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling, 47% To 19%,”Gallup, 5/13/11)

CNN Poll: 64 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Budget Deficit. (CNN Poll, 1007 A, MoE 3%, 5/24-26/11)’

CNN Poll: 58 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Economy. (CNN Poll, 1007 A, MoE 3%, 5/24-26/11)

Resurgent Republic Poll: 82 Percent Oppose A Clean Debt Limit Vote. “47 percent support raising debt limit "in exchange for cuts" while 35 percent oppose any debt limit increase. ("National Survey of Registered Voters," Resurgent Republic/American Action Forum, 4/17-20/2011)


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