Raising the Debt Ceiling: Some Knuckleheads

The House yesterday voted to raise the debt ceiling through March 2015. It should not be a hard decision to make. Nonetheless, the results exposed some NJ knuckleheaded Representatives. Congress and the President (like most of us) agree to buy stuff and borrow money. If they stop paying back their debt the “full faith and credit” of our government goes down the toilet and the nation with it.

The Republican House members had discussed different packages that would extend the debt ceiling and which included one or more goodies that some members liked. But  the Republicans could not come up with the 218 or so votes needed to pass any of the packages. As Speaker Boehner said, Even a bill calling for the canonization of Mother Theresa would not make a debt ceiling increase acceptable to our members.” What an embarrassment. Fortunately Speaker Boehner and other Republican leaders realized a bill had to be passed so they posted a “clean” bill, nothing in it other than raising the debt ceiling, which Obama had rightly insisted upon. Normally House leadership only posts bills that at least a majority of the Republicans support.

Even so the result was that 221 Representatives voted YES and 201 voted NO. Only 28 Republicans voted YES, but they were joined by 193 Democrats.

So how about our NJ delegation?  All our Democrats voted YES. But there was a split among the Republicans between the:

  • More conservative (radical?, hardcore?, Tea Party?) who voted No: Scott Garrett (CD 5), Rodney Frelinghuysen (CD11), and Leonard Lance (CD 7), and  

  • less conservative (at least on some issues) who voted YES: Frank LoBiondo (CD 2), Chris Smith (CD 4), and the departing Jon Runyan (CD 3).

    Those who voted NO against raising the ceiling should be reminded of their knuckleheaded action frequently in the upcoming congressional elections.

  • Comments (2)

    1. FormerBureaucrat

      he once had the reputation in NJ as an ethical, moderate Republican who could be relied on to do the right thing.  Ever since he went to Washington, he has been indistinguishable from the Steve Kings and Louie Ghomert’s of the Congressional crazy cohort of crazy Republicans.  He may think that his seat is safe, but I think that he could be defeated if the effort is made seriously and his voting record is exposed.  

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    2. FormerBureaucrat

      he once had the reputation in NJ as an ethical, moderate Republican who could be relied on to do the right thing.  Ever since he went to Washington, he has been indistinguishable from the Steve Kings and Louie Ghomert’s of the Congressional crazy cohort of crazy Republicans.  He may think that his seat is safe, but I think that he could be defeated if the effort is made seriously and his voting record is exposed.  

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