June 18, 2013
House Democrats Rescue GOP to Pass Debt Compromise
Posted on Aug 1, 2011
We were told to expect some resistance in the House to the debt ceiling compromise that would cut trillions from the budget, but Republicans in the lower chamber, helped by half the Democratic caucus (including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), had no trouble passing the bill.
Ninety-five Democrats joined 174 Republicans Monday to OK the deal, which now heads to the Senate. Democrats there have been equally hostile to the measure, which is expected to impose stiff cuts on programs that benefit struggling Americans without raising revenues from wealthy Americans.
If you’d like to see whether your representative in the House supported the bill or not, click here.
Rep. Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head seven months ago, returned to the floor to lend her support to the bill.
While half of the Democrats eventually voted to pass the compromise, they waited until the last minute, which was supposed to impress us or annoy the Republicans or something.
In the end, Speaker John Boehner managed to convince his members that they were getting a good deal, which is a bit like Oprah having to convince her audience to take home the free car. —PZS
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