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Clinton Is A Hypocrite On The Debt Limit

- October 11, 2015

In 2014, Clinton Described Increasing The Debt Ceiling As “Common Sense” And Suggested She Was “Praying” Congress Would Vote For The Raise. CLINTON: “If you remember July 2011, some in Congress were talking about defaulting on our debts. And remember these are debts Congress had already voted for and appropriated money for. It wasn’t about anything in the future. It was all about will you be good for what you’ve already spent and borrowed. I was at this kind of Chamber of Commerce type event in Hong Kong and I was meeting with all of these Asian business leaders. None of them could understand. They were lining up to say to me, ‘what is going on? Is America really willing to risk its credit? Could America still be counted on as the global leader?’ I reassured them as best I could, and I said ‘oh don’t worry about. We do these things from time to time but we will come to our senses and get it worked out.’ Then of course I was praying that common sense would make a comeback.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks In Broomfield, CO, 6/2/14)

As A Senator Clinton Voted Against Raising The Debt Limit Three Times. (S.2578, Roll Call Vote #148: Passed 68-29: R 31-15; D 36-14; I 1-0, 7/11/02, Clinton Voted Nay; S.2578, Roll Call Vote #148: Passed 68-29: R 31-15; D 36-14; I 1-0, 7/11/02, Clinton Voted Nay; H.J.Res.47, Roll Call Vote #54: Passed 52-48: R 51-3; D 1-44; I 0-1, 3/16/06, Clinton Voted Nay)

  • In June 2002, Clinton Voted Against Raising The Debt Limit. (S.2578, Roll Call Vote #148: Passed 68-29: R 31-15; D 36-14; I 1-0, 7/11/02, Clinton Voted Nay)
  • In May 2003, Clinton Voted Against Raising The Debt Limit. (H.J.Res.51, Roll Call Vote #202: Passed 53-44: R 50-1; D 2-43; I 1-0, 5/23/03, Clinton Voted Nay)
  • In March 2006, Clinton Voted Against Raising The Debt Limit. (H.J.Res.47, Roll Call Vote #54: Passed 52-48: R 51-3; D 1-44; I 0-1, 3/16/06, Clinton Voted Nay)

On Two Occasions, Clinton Did Not Vote On Bills That Would Have Raised The Debt. (Sen. Harry Reid, Congressional Record, S11418, 11/17/04; S.2986, Roll Call Vote #213: Passed 52-44: R 50-1; D 2-42; I 0-1, 11/17/04, Clinton Did Not Vote; H.J.Res.43, Roll Call Vote #354: Passed 53-42: R 26-20; D 26-21; I 1-1, 9/27/07, Clinton Did Not Vote)

  • In November 2004, Clinton Did Not Vote On A Bill That Would Have Raised The Debt Limit, But According To Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Clinton Would Have Voted Against It If Present. SEN. HARRY REID: “Mr. President, on this vote, I have a live pair with the Senator from New York, Mrs. Clinton. If she were present and voting, she would vote ‘nay.’ If I were permitted to vote, I would vote ‘yea.’ I, therefore, withhold my vote.” (Sen. Harry Reid, Congressional Record, S11418, 11/17/04; S.2986, Roll Call Vote #213: Passed 52-44: R 50-1; D 2-42; I 0-1, 11/17/04, Clinton Did Not Vote)

In September 2007, Clinton Did Not Vote On A Bill That Would’ve Raised The Debt Limit. (H.J.Res.43, Roll Call Vote #354: Passed 53-42: R 26-20; D 26-21; I 1-1, 9/27/07, Clinton Did Not Vote)


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