Rep. McMorris Rodgers votes for bill, Senate tables
Late Friday, the House of Representatives passed its second measure aimed at solving the immediate debt crisis facing the country, as the President issued tweets asking people to contact their members of Congress.
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers cast one of the 218 votes the bill received.
“The Budget Control Act takes a balanced approach to an urgent issue – preventing the United States from suffering a default,” McMorris Rodgers said, observing that for the second time in a single week the Republican-led House has “passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling while also making historic spending cuts,” McMorris Rodgers said after the vote.
“The Senate has yet to pass a single bill. And the only bills that have passed, the President has threatened to veto,” she added.
The Democratic-controlled Senate has refused to pass a budget in 820 days, and the only budget put forward by the White House was so radical and extreme it received no votes whatsoever.
While the Republicans were working to fix the mess created by Washington’s never-ending spending spree, the President threatened to veto any legislation the Republicans passed, and the Democrats vowed to kill any GOP legislation in a letter saying, in effect, they would rather see the economy destroyed than pass any Republican bill.
“President Obama should realize that this bill ends the crisis and puts us on a long-term path towards continual budget savings and a winding down of our deficits,” McMorris Rodgers said.
“The crisis atmosphere in Washington, manufactured by the Administration, should end now so Congress and the American people can return to work on the serious problems confronting our economy and our nation.
“We are running out of time and we are running out of money. For the sake of our country, I encourage the President and the Senate Democrats to help us move forward.”
The Budget Control Act raises the debt ceiling by $900 billion in return for spending cuts totaling more than $917 billion over the next 10 years, including $22 billion in Fiscal Year 2012 – all without raising taxes.
An additional increase in the debt ceiling would be contingent on two things:
- First, passage of the spending reduction recommendations issued by a special twelve-member Commission that would be set up by the bill and charged with making additional cuts to the deficit that are greater than the requested increase in the debt ceiling.
- Second, passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment by both Houses of Congress, sending it to the states.
“I’m excited that the House will have its first vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment since 1995,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “That’s the ‘game-changer’ we need to fundamentally change the way the federal government does business.”
Shortly after passage, the Senate voted to table the bill 59 – 41.
Fox News reported the Boehner bill will be used to craft a compromise that will be sent back to the House.
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