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GOP Leaders Override Cruz Effort to Block Debt Ceiling Vote

Senate then approves the hike along party lines.

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Bill Straub

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February 12, 2014 - 6:24 pm
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WASHINGTON – The Senate finally adopted an increase in the nation’s debt limit after a prolonged vote on Wednesday when a reluctant Republican leadership sided with Democrats to spoil a potential GOP filibuster.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) imposed a Senate rule that forced proponents to round up 60 votes before a final vote on raising the debt limit through March 15, 2015, could be conducted – a significant hurdle since majority Democrats, all of whom favored passage, control only 55 seats.

For a while it appeared Cruz and his supporters might prevail, leading to what many fear could be nasty economic consequences. But Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, kept the vote tally open for more than an hour before Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, who spent some time loitering on the Senate floor with GOP supporters, gathered enough support to permit the legislation to proceed.

Cruz’s effort to block a vote failed 67-31, with 12 Republicans siding with Democrats. With the way cleared, the final vote to raise the debt limit, currently set at $17.2 trillion, was 55-43 primarily along party lines.

“I’m glad that Republican leaders finally bowed to reality and put families and the economy before the Tea Party,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee. “The era of economic hostage-taking, ransom demands, and manufactured crises should finally be behind us, and we now have an opportunity to refocus on the real challenges workers and families face every day.”

Cruz, meanwhile, was unapologetic about his filibuster effort, asserting that the vote proves that neither party is listening to the American people.

“Some members of Congress care so much about being praised by the Washington media that they’re willing to mortgage our children’s future,” Cruz said. “They pretend we don’t have a problem and can just kick the can down the road. Let’s be clear about the motive behind this vote — there are too many members of Congress who think they can fool people and they will forget about it the next week. But sometimes, come November, the people remember.”

Reid, however, expressed satisfaction with the outcome, noting that economists have warned that failure to raise the debt limit, thus leading to the federal government defaulting on its bills, could “devastate the economy and erase the past five years of recovery.”

A report issued by the nonpartisan Peterson Institute for International Economics found that the economy lost $150 billion in productivity and 750,000 jobs when Congress went to the edge of defaulting two years ago before raising the debt limit. Reid said financial industry leaders warned that even the threat of default ripples quickly through the economy.

“And I am hopeful that a more bipartisan, common-sense approach – one that favors collaboration over hostage taking – will prevail this year,” Reid said. “Congress should be striding from accomplishment to accomplishment, not staggering from crisis to crisis. If we spent more time working together and less time running out the clock on procedural hurdles and Republican filibusters we might actually get things done around here. I hope we can continue to cooperate and collaborate this year, and to deliver results for Americans looking for action instead of gridlock.”

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Refusing to increase the debt limit has nothing to do with paying for past bills. The Congress simply puts a limit on the debt like any normal entity has. Apparently you are under the impression it is possible to have completely unlimited debt. What would be the purpose for the vote if the expenditures were incurred. In case you were unaware spending can be changed and reduced. The credit ratings agencies have already downgraded our debt and by all rights should do that again immediately. Ted Cruz is the only one showing any brains in the place. Everyone else, including Republicans, prefers massive spending. Until we replace the majority of both parties with people who are not corrupt we are screwed. Alias Echo helped put morons like Boehner in charge.
44 weeks ago
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Except for Senator Cruz and a few others, we have no opposition party. They are all against us doing everything can to suck as much money out of us as possible. Disgusting.
44 weeks ago
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Senator Cornyn, who is on ads day and night talking about how conservative he is and how he is fighting Obama's agenda every day, votes against Cruz to get a simple majority vote instead of a supermajority vote which means the debt ceiling bill passes. However, for the actual vote, he votes against it. So he is on record as being against it while he enabled it to be passed. It only takes a few seconds to check how the Senate or House votes these days, don't think we don't watch.
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Until he actually does something effective against the agenda all Ted Cruz does is engage in political theater.
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American's ever shrinking pay checks, sorry, a bit long but merits saying, here goes:
On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and 27 Republicans rolled over and gave up on the battle against Big Government.
Boehner and the GANG OF 28 voted WITH Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama and against 199 Republicans in passing a debt ceiling increase with no strings attached!
• Boehner's GANG OF 28 made no effort to attach reasonable spending cuts to the debt-ceiling increase.
• Boehner's GANG OF 28 didn't demand a concession on the Keystone XL pipeline or any other pressing issue.
• Boehner's gang voted in opposition to their own party (nearly nine in ten Republicans voted against the debt-ceiling increase).
Let’s dissect this cabal of ne’er-do-wells quaffing at Federalism’s cornucopia of unending flow of taxpayers hard-earned wages!!!
Of the 28 Republican representatives:
8=California A State notorious for handouts and rampant welfare expenditures, Five cities and related counties have declared protection under bankruptcy rules.
4=New York another State with serious deficit problems, flight of capital, and rampant welfare expenditures and recent Occupy Wall Street protests. Running ads to garner business investment in that broken state.
3=Pennsylvania A State having serious budget problems and shuttering of many old steel producing plants, closing of coal fired electric producing plants, dabbling in failed “Green Energy” projects, rampant crime problems, explosion of an indigent population, flight of capital to southwestern states.
3=New Jersey A state with historic problems in corruption, administration, welfare rolls, indigent population, run down cities, out-of-control budgets.
2=Virginia A state with heavy Federal Government presence but still having serious budgetary problems, expenditures exceeding revenues and footing the bills for several unfunded mandates emanating from his Majesty.
2=Illinois, Just mentioning Chicago is enough. It’s 13th District (Obama’s) is blighted, bloated welfare rolls, corrupt State and City government.
2=Washington A State with several successful capitalistic enterprises overrun by Union thugs and ne’er-do-wells seeking to socialize its industries with indolent National Labor Relations Board edicts.
1=Michigan A paradigm of socialism. Lives off of every government handout possible.
1=Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Akron, and coal producing areas. Need one say more.
1=North Carolina, quid-pro-quo State. Scratch-by-back, I’ll scratch yours.
1=Kentucky, what can one say…Appalachian endemic poverty. Since New Deal receives welfare extraordinaire. Instead of government hand-outs and suckling at government teats, why not create business zones. Organize liquor production, etc.
Of these 28 Caving Representatives, 6 have one thing in common, Appalachia runs through their states. Talk about quid-pro-quo. (NY-PA-VA-OH-NC-KY)
Time to blast these socialists, telling them capitalism is the solution and they should renew their Oath of Office to uphold the US Constitution. Learn about Re-Election 101. Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party, urgently. Attend ArticleV commissions and State Conventions…who knows one may even see George Soros at one of these meetings trying to destroy Constitution, Conservatives and legal recourse.
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I'm with both sides, actually.

We've raised the debt ceiling so many times already that once or twice more won't make that much of a difference in the long run. But this is not the time for Republicans to grab the headlines again with threats to shut down an out-of-control government. The government is already struggling every day to justify the unjustifiable ObamaCare. As I believe Sun Tzu observed, you should not distract your enemy when he is committing suicide.

At the same time, while I believe this is not the time for another debt-ceiling battle -- it's a midterm election year, and ObamaCare needs to stay in the headlines -- we do need principled leaders who will stand for what's right, even defying their own party to do so. Sen. Cruz's effort was not wasted; he took a stand, and one that needed to be taken.
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I'm not fully against raising the debt ceiling—I just think we shouldn't just raise it without getting some strong spending cuts or other concessions to go along with it. By strong spending cuts I mean something along the lines of half a trillion or more in the next 3 years, not 10 billion in ten years. Other concessions would be putting a cap on the EPA's regulatory emissions or getting work started on the Keystone Pipeline. Don't give without getting something real in return. The Democrats know they can mesmerize Boehner with a rubberband ball and a pinwheel, so I don't have too much hope of this working until he's gone.
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“I’m glad that Republican leaders finally bowed to reality and put families and the economy before the Tea Party,” said Sen. Patty Murray -- Do non-Tea Party Republicans ever refute crap like this? The Tea Party is a major reason why the GOP even has a majority in the House, and unlike many other mainstream Republicans, we actually hold our nose and vote for the non-Tea Party Republican if need be against the Democrat. Many other Republicans just stay home if they don't get the candidate of their own choice.
44 weeks ago
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I have this vague feeling that the Tea Party members have families and a stake in the economy too.
44 weeks ago
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Except for Senator Cruz and a few others, we have no opposition party. They are all against us doing everything can to suck as much money out of us as possible. Disgusting.
44 weeks ago
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Harry Reid is a psychological case study in something...delusion? Projection? Psychosis...
44 weeks ago
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No, Reid is a study in winning. I wish that the GOP knew how to do that.
44 weeks ago
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It's not difficult to "win" any fight when the refs (the "unbiased", "objective" "news" media) is in your corner actively fighting with you against your opponent. If we had fair officiating, Obama wouldn't have been elected to anything, anywhere, higher than Junior Assistant Trainee Doggie Poo Sweeper-Upper. Neither would Reid, who was down in the polls until election day when suddenly lots of votes materialized in Las Vegas, some of them, no doubt, cast by living human actual citizens who mostly voted only once.
44 weeks ago
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So now we know what we always knew or suspected.
44 weeks ago
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Senator Cornyn, who is on ads day and night talking about how conservative he is and how he is fighting Obama's agenda every day, votes against Cruz to get a simple majority vote instead of a supermajority vote which means the debt ceiling bill passes. However, for the actual vote, he votes against it. So he is on record as being against it while he enabled it to be passed. It only takes a few seconds to check how the Senate or House votes these days, don't think we don't watch.
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It's not murky anymore, is it?

Maybe you like the marxist junior league, and if you do, you are in rino heaven today.

But I like the fact that, at long last, the lines are clearly drawn beyond any question, because whimpering and sniveling just aren't behaviors that I find attractive.
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