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Clinton’s Amnesia On Raising The Debt Limit…In One Email

- September 1, 2015

In A December 2010 Email, Clinton Asked State Department Aide Miguel Rodriquez For Her Voting Record On The Federal Debt Limit, Asking "Can You Pls Tell Me How Many Times I Voted Against Raising The Debt Limit?" CLINTON: "Can you pls tell me how many times I voted against raising the debt limit?"(Hillary Clinton, Email To Miguel Rodriguez, 12/30/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 1)

As A Senator, Clinton Repeatedly Voted Against Raising The Debt 

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)

THAT DIDN'T STOP PARTISAN ATTACKS ON "OBSTRUCTIONISTS" WHO ARE HURTING U.S. "CREDIBILITY AROUND THE WORLD" FOR DOING THE SAME

During A September 2013 Discussion On Raising The Debt-Ceiling Clinton Called Republicans "So-Called Obstructionists" And Said A Failure To Raise The Fiscal Limit Was "On Their Head." "We've seen that movie before and it didn't work out so well for those so-called obstructionists.' Clinton was referencing the political harm for Republicans in the mid-1990s when they forced a shutdown during husband Bill Clinton's presidency. 'If they want to try to shut the government down, that's on their head, that's their responsibility,' she added." (Philip Rucker, "Hillary Clinton Says Government Shutdown 'Wouldn't Be The Worst Thing For Democrats," The Washington Post , 9/24/13)

  • Clinton Suggested That "Smarter, Cooler Heads" Would Raise The Limit. "Clinton also referenced the debate over the nation's borrowing ability, saying she hopes members of Congress "deal with our debt limit.' 'I hope that smarter, cooler heads prevail and that we deal with our budget and we deal with our debt limit,' Clinton said." (Philip Rucker, "Hillary Clinton Says Government Shutdown 'Wouldn't Be The Worst Thing For Democrats," The Washington Post , 9/24/13)

Clinton Called House Republican Members Of Congress A "Noisy Minority" Who Were Acting As "Obstructionists" Over The Debt Ceiling. "To affect a contrast with what she described as today's "noisy minority" of House Republicans, Clinton cited past health care bills, specifically George W. Bush's Medicare Part D benefit, which also presented implementation challenges but was met with less opposition by lawmakers on the right. 'You didn't have obstructionist members of Congress once the vote was taken,' said Clinton." (Ruby Cramer, "Hillary Clinton Takes On Congressional Republicans Over Obamacare," Buzzfeed, 9/24/13)

Clinton Said Republicans Who Were Against Raising The Debt Limit Were Going After "The Heart" Of U.S. "Credibility Around The World." "But Clinton said that if Republicans "go even further" by refusing to raise the debt ceiling over the issue, sending the country into default, 'that is not just partisan politics, that is going to the heart of our credibility around the world,' she said. 'I hope that smarter, cooler heads prevail and that we deal with our budget and we deal with our debt limit.'" (Ruby Cramer, "Hillary Clinton Takes On Congressional Republicans Over Obamacare," Buzzfeed, 9/24/13)


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