House Passes cut, cap and balance the Federal budget

July 19, 2011 in Debt Crisis

The House of Representatives has approved the GOP’s ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ plan with a vote of 234 to 190.

The bill imposes caps on federal spending as a percentage of GDP. It also allows for an increase in the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion in exchange for both the Senate and House approving a balanced budget amendment.

House Speaker John Boehner  played a muted role in public during the day, but later applauded the passage of the plan.

“House Republicans are the only ones to put forward and pass a real plan that will create a better environment for private-sector job growth by stopping Washington from spending money it doesn’t have and preventing tax hikes on families and small businesses,” he said in a statement. “The White House hasn’t said what it will cut.”

 

But nine Republicans voted no on the plan, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. Five Democrats sided with Republicans.

“I have never voted to raise the federal debt limit, and I have no doubt that we face financial collapse and ruin if we continue to grow our debt,” Paul said in a statement. “We need to make major spending cuts now, in this budget, and we can no longer afford to allow more deficit spending based on promises of future cuts.”

The plan is under a veto threat by Obama amid predictions that it won’t make it through the Senate.

Meanwhile, President Obama on Tuesday urged lawmakers to pick a “clear direction” within the next couple days on how to raise the debt ceiling and cut deficits, praising a bipartisan group of senators for putting a renewed budget plan on the table while criticizing House Republicans for pushing a separate proposal he said will not pass.

“We don’t have any more time to engage in symbolic gestures. We don’t have any more time to posture,” Obama said.

According to the White House, Obama plans to once again summon congressional leaders for a meeting on the way forward. Speaking to reporters briefly Tuesday afternoon, the president warned that lawmakers are now “in the eleventh hour” and need to start “talking turkey” about crafting actual legislation that has a chance at passing.

He seemed to urge lawmakers to use the so-called “Gang of Six” plan as a new starting point for a “broader agreement,” claiming it overlapped with his general goals for a deficit-reduction deal.

That plan seeks to extract nearly $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade through a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. A group of 50 senators gathered Tuesday for more than an hour to hear from the reunited so-called “Gang of Six” — a group of three Republicans and three Democrats which led discussions before breaking apart in the spring.

Their deficit-reduction plan has already won the support of the Senate’s No. 3 Republican, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and cautious optimism from one of the Obama administration’s toughest critics, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Click here to read the Gang of Six plan obtained by Fox News.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid called the balanced-budget proposal “the stupidest constitutional amendment I’ve ever seen.”

Republicans fiercely defend the cut, cap and balance proposal, noting that they’ve done more than Obama in putting a plan on the table.

“The president continues to say that he wants to do big things. We do as well. We put forward our big plan and vision in our budget,” House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said. “But we implore the president — let’s do big things, let’s go ahead and get our fiscal house in order. But let’s do so without imposing higher taxes on the small business people that we need so desperately to start hiring again.”

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2560) to cut, cap, and balance the Federal budget
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 606

(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents
underlined)
H R 2560 RECORDED
VOTE      19-Jul-2011      8:23 PM
QUESTION: On
Passage
BILL TITLE: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act

Ayes Noes PRES NV
Republican 229 9 1
Democratic 5 181 7
Independent
TOTALS 234 190 8

—- AYES    234 —

Adams
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Amash
Austria
Bachus
Barletta
Bartlett
Barton
(TX)
Bass
(NH)
Benishek
Berg
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop
(UT)
Black
Blackburn
Bonner
Bono
Mack
Boren
Boustany
Brady
(TX)
Brooks
Buchanan
Bucshon
Buerkle
Burgess
Burton
(IN)
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Cassidy
Chabot
Chaffetz
Coble
Coffman
(CO)
Cole
Conaway
Cooper
Cravaack
Crawford
Crenshaw
Culberson
Davis
(KY)
Denham
Dent
Diaz-Balart
Dold
Dreier
Duffy
Duncan
(SC)
Duncan
(TN)
Ellmers
Emerson
Farenthold
Fincher
Fitzpatrick
Flake
Fleischmann
Fleming
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks
(AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Gardner
Garrett
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gibson
Gingrey
(GA)
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Gosar
Gowdy
Granger
Graves
(GA)
Graves (MO)
Griffin
(AR)
Grimm
Guinta
Guthrie
Hall
Hanna
Harper
Harris
Hartzler
Hastings
(WA)
Hayworth
Heck
Hensarling
Herger
Herrera
Beutler
Huelskamp
Huizenga
(MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurt
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (IL)
Johnson
(OH)
Johnson, Sam
Jordan
Kelly
King (IA)
King
(NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger
(IL)
Kline
Labrador
Lamborn
Lance
Landry
Lankford
Latham
LaTourette
Latta
Lewis
(CA)
LoBiondo
Long
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Lungren, Daniel
E.
Manzullo
Marchant
Marino
Matheson
McCarthy
(CA)
McCaul
McClintock
McCotter
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McMorris
Rodgers
Meehan
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller,
Gary
Mulvaney
Murphy
(PA)
Myrick
Neugebauer
Noem
Nugent
Nunes
Nunnelee
Olson
Palazzo
Paulsen
Pearce
Pence
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Poe
(TX)
Pompeo
Posey
Price
(GA)
Quayle
Reed
Rehberg
Reichert
Renacci
Ribble
Rigell
Rivera
Roby
Roe
(TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers
(MI)
Rokita
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
(FL)
Royce
Runyan
Ryan
(WI)
Scalise
Schilling
Schmidt
Schock
Schweikert
Scott
(SC)
Scott,
Austin
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shimkus
Shuler
Shuster
Simpson
Smith
(NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith
(TX)
Southerland
Stearns
Stivers
Stutzman
Sullivan
Terry
Thompson
(PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Turner
Upton
Walberg
Walden
Walsh
(IL)
Webster
West
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson
(SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Womack
Woodall
Yoder
Young (FL)
Young
(IN)

—- NOES    190 —

Ackerman
Altmire
Andrews
Baca
Bachmann
Baldwin
Barrow
Bass
(CA)

Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Bishop
(GA)

Bishop (NY)
Boswell
Brady
(PA)

Braley (IA)
Broun (GA)
Brown
(FL)

Butterfield
Canseco
Capps
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson
(IN)

Chandler
Chu
Cicilline
Clarke
(MI)

Clarke
(NY)

Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly
(VA)

Conyers
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Critz
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Davis
(CA)

Davis
(IL)

DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
DesJarlais
Deutch
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Donnelly
(IN)

Doyle
Edwards
Eshoo
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Frank
(MA)

Fudge
Garamendi
Gonzalez
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffith
(VA)
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hahn
Hanabusa
Hastings
(FL)

Heinrich
Higgins
Himes
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hochul
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson
(IL)

Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E.
B.

Jones
Kaptur
Keating
Kildee
Kind
Kissell
Kucinich
Langevin
Larsen
(WA)

Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis
(GA)

Lipinski
Loebsack
Lofgren,
Zoe

Lowey
Luján
Lynch
Mack
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy
(NY)

McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McNerney
Meeks
Michaud
Miller
(NC)

Miller, George
Moore
Moran
Murphy
(CT)

Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Olver
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
(AZ)

Paul
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters
Peterson
Pingree
(ME)

Polis
Price
(NC)

Quigley
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Richardson
Richmond
Rohrabacher
Ross
(AR)

Rothman
(NJ)

Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan
(OH)

Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez,
Loretta

Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schrader
Schwartz
Scott
(VA)

Scott,
David

Serrano
Sewell
Sherman
Sires
Slaughter
Smith
(WA)

Speier
Stark
Sutton
Thompson
(CA)

Thompson
(MS)

Tierney
Tonko
Towns
Tsongas
Van
Hollen

Velázquez
Visclosky
Walz
(MN)

Wasserman
Schultz

Waters
Watt
Waxman
Welch
Wilson
(FL)

Woolsey
Wu
Yarmuth

—- NOT VOTING    8 —

Blumenauer
Capuano
Castor
(FL)
Ellison
Engel
Giffords
Hinchey
Young
(AK)