LLPH is urging all members of the House of Representatives to vote NO on both the debt ceiling increase bill and the rule bringing it to the floor.
This is an easy bill to oppose. It is a CLEAN debt ceiling increase with no spending cuts, entitlement reforms or policies to save America included. It just increases the debt ceiling. Shameful.
RedState’s Erick Erickson wrote about the rule for the bill:
House Republicans will vote to cleanly raise the debt ceiling today. They will do so relying on Democrat votes to make it happen.
Many House Republicans will vote against raising the debt ceiling.
But before they do that, they will vote for the rule related to the legislation. Each major piece of legislation has a rule that gets voted on setting out the parameters of debate, etc. If the rule passes, more often than not the legislation itself passes. Voting for the rule thereby enables the underlying legislation to pass.
The Republicans get this and the House GOP will often vote for the rule, then vote against the underlying legislation knowing they’ve just enabled it to pass without their vote.
Consequently, at RedState we are taking the editorial position that any Republican voting for the rule will be considered to have voted for the debt ceiling increase.
We will be broadcasting their names as supporters of the debt ceiling increase and will be working with other groups to provide this information to their constituents.
If a Republican votes for the rule to raise the debt ceiling, they have voted to raise the debt ceiling, they know they have done so, and they will not be given pass for washing their hands of the final vote. The debt ceiling legislation would never be able to get to the floor without the GOP voting first for the rule.
And Freedomworks wrote about the main debt ceiling bill:
“Governing with Democratic votes to raise the debt limit with no reforms attached is an all-time low for Speaker Boehner. Based on reports, the Boehner debt hike spends money we don’t have to increase entitlement spending and grow the debt. In other words, with the money they spend today, they’ll come back and borrow to pay for tomorrow.”
“We can balance the budget in four years simply by keeping spending levels where they are. Think about it- what could we possibly need to buy next year that we didn’t need this year? FreedomWorksissued a Key Vote ‘NO’ against the Boehner debt hike, and is demanding that Congress stop spending money we don’t have. Congress should never increase the debt ceiling without a plan to offset cuts elsewhere.”
And Club for Growth wrote:
When we heard that House leadership was scheduling a clean debt ceiling increase, we thought it was a joke. But it’s not. Something is very wrong with House leadership, or with the Republican Party. This is not a bill that advocates of limited government should schedule or support.
LLPH urges all members of the House to oppose BOTH the rule and the underlying bill. We will likely score against both of them in our scorecard. It should be noted that we may score either of them double. VOTE NO!