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House Passes Debt Deal 269-161

Posted on | August 1, 2011 | 17 Comments

The latest news:

The House on Monday approved bipartisan legislation to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and reduce long-term budget deficits, endorsing the agreement President Obama struck with Republican leaders. . . .
The bill now heads for a Tuesday vote in the Senate . . .
The vote was 269-161, as Republicans largely carried the measure over the opposition of a majority of the Democratic Caucus. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) backed the bill, as did Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), but neither leader made a public effort to win Democratic support. . . .

We will have the roll call momentarily.

UPDATE: While awaiting the roll call, we will note the Lonely Conservative’s observation that this is “the largest debt ceiling increase in the history of the United States.”

Yeah, what a triumph for those Tea Party “terrorists,” huh? “We got nothing,” as Norah says — but who is this “we”?

UPDATE II: Fredo denies using the “T-word”:

Vice President Joe Biden tells CBS News that published reports that he compared Tea Party-linked lawmakers to “terrorists” during a closed-door meeting Monday are “absolutely not true.”
“I did not use the terrorism word,” Biden told CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley.

If Joe Biden says it, buddy, you can take that to the bank!

UPDATE III: Wait — this is the roll call? This? “To make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002”? The roll call on this gargantuan monstrosity is recorded as a vote on “a technical amendment”?

Please tell me I’ve got the wrong roll call, because this seems like some kind of sick joke.

UPDATE IV: Informed friends tell me that this is indeed the roll call, the measure having been brought to a vote in the House as a “technical amendment” to a Senate bill, in order to expedite passage once the Senate votes on it.

So . . . 66 Republicans voted “no” and 95 Democrats voted “aye,” which makes it the Great Bipartisan Screw-Over of 2011.

Remember that we are prepared to meet all your “bipartisan compromise” lubrication needs.

UPDATE V: The New York Times:

On the Senate floor on Monday, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said: “People on the right are upset. People on the left are upset. People in the middle are upset.”
But he called it a “remarkable agreement which will protect the long-term health of our economy.”

And let’s call out a few names of the radical Tea Party extremists who voted for it in the House: James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) . . .

Yep, just like Joe Biden said: “Terrorists”!

UPDATE VI: Ed Driscoll on Obama and the “terrorist” vote.

UPDATE VII: Rounding up the “calm, rational rhetoric,” Jimmie Bise Jr. reminds us of the Missouri Democrat who said Republicans had allowed “a small number of extremists to take the House of Representatives and the economy of the world as hostages.”

That was Rep. William Clay — who voted for the final bill!


17 Responses to “House Passes Debt Deal 269-161”

  1. Joe
    August 1st, 2011 @ 11:57 pm
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    August 1st, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

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  3. lonely conservative
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 12:36 am

    Fox News was showing some goofy numbers during the roll call. One minute they showed a bunch of Dems voting nay, then they showed every one of them voting aye, but they were reporting different numbers. It was a tad bit confusing.

  4. Anonymous
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:01 am

    Ok, I’ll go along with your thoughts here…

    But realistically what more could they have gotten? It may be very little, but 2012 is coming! Why would the Rs not campaign on the fact that the Ds were only playing politics? Why would they allow the Ds to write their campaign speeches? I hope every one of them makes the Ds justify why more cuts weren’t made.

    To make real changes will require we have bigger numbers in Congress, and hopefully the White House, won’t it?

  5. Anonymous
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:07 am

    about 174 Reps & about 95 Dems voted yes..

    Primary Boehner out as a start. West too must go as he fooled us so well. Purge the GOP of rinos through the primary as the most effective way to eliminate the scum.

    The House has total control of the money, this bill could not have passed excpet for leadership sell out.

    Also urge Boehner to change parties

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    August 1st, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

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  7. Anonymous
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    My rep the “Rock Star” Renee Ellmers voted aye. May food turn to ash in her mouth.

    On the upside onto “The 2012 Budget Battle”!
    Death to those who vote for Continuing Resolutions!

    Resistance is not futile!

  8. GAHCindy
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:32 am

    “To make real changes will require we have bigger numbers in Congress, and hopefully the White House, won’t it?”

    Yeah, Charlie Brown. And Lucy won’t jerk that football away *this* time. Honest.

    Or are you just being very sarcastic and I’m totally missing that?

  9. William_Teach
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:41 am

    So, apparently, according to Biden, he didn’t say the T word, but, “he let the Democrats vent.” So, the VP of the USA sat there and let Democrats refer to fellow Americans who have a different political viewpoint be called terrorists?

  10. Anonymous
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:52 am

    The phrase “according to Biden” obtrudes: Historically, whenever there was any question on such a matter, the final score was always — always — Truth 1, Biden 0.

    But there’s a first time for everything, I suppose.

  11. Anonymous
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 2:05 am


  12. Bob Belvedere
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    I just laid back, closed my eyes, and thought of England…how  ’bout you?

  13. haodeb
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:08 am
  14. Adjoran
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    What was the alternative?  Paying an extra $500 billion per year in interest to prove a point?

    What else would Reid and Obama have agreed to?  And don’t give me the “they would have been forced to” baloney – your private fantasies aren’t sound guides to policy. 

    Like it or not, we control one half of one branch.  We don’t get to tell the Senate or Obama what they have to do. 

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  16. ThePaganTemple
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    But don’t you understand, Adjoran, we had right on our side lol

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    August 2nd, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

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