U.S. House Defeats Debt Ceiling Measure


Nov 30, 2009
U.S. House Defeats Debt Ceiling Measure

Republicans who control the House last week announced the vote as a way to demonstrate that lawmakers don’t support extending the $14.3 trillion debt limit without an agreement with President Barack Obama’s administration on significant spending cuts to curb government spending.

The vote on the debt-limit increase was 97 in favor, all Democrats, and 318 opposed -- 236 Republicans and 82 Democrats. Support for the increase not only failed to win a simple majority; it fell 180 votes short of the two-thirds vote needed for passage under the streamlined procedures Republicans used to bring the measure to the floor.

This could get interesting. Now both parties may actually have to sit down and make some real cuts and then try and explain it to their constituents.