By a vote of 234-190 the US House passed the “cut, cap and balance” plan to address the bloated federal budget. 9 Republicans voted “no”, and 5 Democrats voted “yes.” GOP Presidential hopefuls Michelle Bachman and Ron Paul voted no.
Other Republican “no” votes were Reps. Paul Broun (Ga.), Francisco Canseco (Texas), Scott DeJarlais (Tenn.), Morgan Griffith (Va.), Walter Jones (NC), Connie Mack (Fla.) and Dana Rohrabachder (Calif.).
Only five Democrats voted for the controversial bill: Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (NC), and Heath Shuler (NC).
Congressman Paul Broun said of his no vote (via press release):
“I gave my word to my constituents in Georgia and to the rest of the American people that I would not vote for any bill that increases the debt limit. Although the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill is a step in the right direction, it still raises the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion, and we simply cannot afford it.
Obama says he’ll veto “cut, cap and balance” because it requires spending cuts and action on a balanced budget amendment before raising the debt limit. Meanwhile Bill Clinton says Obama should bypass Congress and raise the debt ceiling himself, and Senator Saxby Chambliss and the “Gang of
Six Five” put forward a plan, but it won’t be ready before August 2nd when Timothy Geithner’s Doomsday Device activates.
Mark Steyn said on Rush Limbaugh’s show:
We’re asking the world to lend us 1/5 of their GDP, and there’s no evidence they’re willing to do it. That’s the real debt limit.
As Emmett Tyrrell says “the crisis continues.”