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April 19, 2014

Clean Debt Limit Vote Praised by Senate Democrats

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Key Senate Democrats lauded the decision by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, not to attach any extraneous provisions to a must-pass increase in the debt ceiling.

“The House has come to the realization that following the hard right on the debt ceiling made no sense, which is good for the House, good for the Republican Party and good for America,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate. “We hope soon enough they’ll come to the same realization on immigration.”

Schumer appeared to take this development on the debt ceiling as a good sign for House action on an immigration overhaul. Boehner said recently that he doubts immigration can be passed this year, but the New York Democrat thinks the door remains open for action.

Schumer was one of the bipartisan “gang of eight” senators who drafted and helped pass an comprehensive immigration overhaul through the Senate last summer and he has been urging the House to pass a measure that can be reconciled with the Senate bill.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairwoman of the Budget Committee, also praised the decision not to prolong the debate over the debt ceiling.

“House Republicans seem to have finally realized that Democrats aren’t going to pay a ransom to allow the federal government to pay its bills,” Murray said. “I look forward to them sending over a debt limit bill with no ransom demands attached, and I am hopeful that we can truly step away from the constant crises and debt limit brinkmanship to build on the bipartisan progress we made in our budget deal.”

Their comments came after Boehner announced that he did not have the votes to pass a boost in the nation’s borrowing authority with just Republican votes, despite efforts to entice his conference with talk of including a provision that would have restored cuts to the cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military pensions that was included in the budget agreement passed in December.

  • Wuthie

    It’s about time they realized they already approved the spending, so just pay the bill.

  • Layla

    It’s time for that 3rd party, no question about it. The Tea Party would be interesting because they are bipartisan. If you think Republicans are the only ones upset by this corruption, think again!

    The Tea Party would trim the numbers on both sides.

    • jimsepa

      There’s nothing bipartisan about the Tea Party. This was a gimmick by Michele Bachmann, which holds no merit. Fact is, virtually all Tea Partiers vote Republican (>92%).

      • Filthy Liar

        Shh, let the Republicans have an Uncivil War. While they’re distracted with that, Dems and Progressives can get things done.

  • Zach

    A stronger conscience in the individuals of the nation would never let bills carry out this far… It isn’t just the federal governments bills… It’s the individual American’s that produce the needs for their Civil Government to spend that way. It all starts with the Individual.

  • TpartyPropogandaUpInFlames

    Tea party means death for america. they are brainless haters.

    • wallier

      My God are you stupid. I mean probably in the bottom 1%.

  • TpartyPropogandaUpInFlames

    Multi party system means desctruction. total ruin of the country. see any multiparty country. they are in shambles. Tea party only means the end of USA a as a great nation.

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