Will Dems Demand Another Credit Card After Maxing Out Their First?

May 25, 2011

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Jason Altmire (PA-04), John Barrow (GA-12), Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Ben Chandler (KY-06), Jim Costa (CA-20), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Joe Donnelly (IN-02), Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Tim Holden (PA-17), Dale Kildee (MI-05), Ron Kind (WI-03), Larry Kissell (NC-08), Rick Larsen (WA-02), David Loebsack (IA-02), Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Jerry McNerney (CA-11), Michael Michaud (ME-02), Bill Owens (NY-23), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Gary Peters (MI-09), Nick Rahall (WV-03), Heath Shuler (NC-11), Adam Smith (WA-09), John Tierney (MA-06), Pete Visclosky (IN-01), Tim Walz (MN-01)

Will Barrow Demand Another Credit Card After Maxing Out His First?
Many Democrats Set to Vote for Higher Debt Limit Free of Any Spending Cuts

Washington — Georgia Democrat John Barrow could have another opportunity to defend his spending spree next week when the House holds a vote to increase the debt ceiling free of any spending cuts whatsoever. Barrow will have a chance to join his unreasonable Democrat colleagues demanding the ability to borrow even more money despite overwhelming public opposition. As the government borrows billions a day from foreign countries like China, will Barrow fight for another blank check without cutting a single dollar?

“It is astonishing that John Barrow’s Democrat colleagues are demanding another government spending credit card after maxing out their first one, especially with the condition that they wouldn’t have to cut a single dollar,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “The government continues to borrow billions every day from foreign countries like China and place that burden on current and future generations of Georgia families. Will Barrow finally demonstrate some willingness to have the government live within its means after defending the Democrats’ spending spree for so long?”

The House will vote on raising the debt limit without any spending cuts next week:

“House Republicans will hold a vote next week on a ‘clean’ bill to raise the debt limit, without corresponding spending cuts, GOP aides said. The vote is aimed at demonstrating that such a measure cannot pass the House, increasing pressure on President Obama and Senate Democrats to accept deep spending cuts in exchange for authorizing the Treasury to borrow more than the $14.3 trillion current limit.” (Russell Berman, “House GOP to hold ‘clean’ vote to raise $14.3T debt ceiling,” The Hill, 5/24/11)

Voters overwhelmingly oppose such a plan:

“President Obama’s policy of raising the federal debt limit without any preconditions relating to limiting spending, i.e. a ‘clean debt limit,’ is supported by only one-out-of-ten voters, the least popular option of three presented in a Resurgent Republic survey conducted jointly with the American Action Forum.” (“Voters Want Spending Cuts and Budget Reforms Tied to Debt Limit Increase,” Resurgent Republic, 4/26/11)

House Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer has indicated there are additional Democrats that have not yet announced their support for a “clean” debt ceiling vote:

“‘Well, when Mr. Cantor says it doesn’t have enough support, Mr. Welch has 114, of which I’m not one – I would vote for that,’ Hoyer said, referring to Rep. Peter Welch’s (D-Vt.) coalition of Democrats who are calling for a clean vote.” (Jake Sherman, “GOP floats test vote on debt ceiling,” Politico, 5/3/11)

When the House votes next week, will John Barrow demonstrate his commitment to more of the same borrowing that created this problem in the first place? Barrow has championed the Democrat spending and borrowing spree in the past, indebting Georgia families and their children to foreign countries like China.

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