House Passes Clean Debt Ceiling 221-201 With Vast Majority Of Republicans Voting Against

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The clean debt ceiling bill has just passed the House where it got the required majority in a 221 to 201 final vote, with just 28 Republicans voting Yea (and 199 voting Nay) - a vote that has made history with the fewest number of votes from a majority on a bill that passed the House since 1991. It also means means that with a Senate passage assured, the US can now spend away until March 15, 2015. The final breakdown:

  • GOP: Yea - 28; Nay -199
  • DEM: Yea - 193; Nay -2
  • Total: Yea - 221; Nay - 201

And one for the history books:

Considering that the vast majority of Republicans voted against John Boehner's latest "plan" to do the Democrats' work for them, and pass a clean debt ceiling, perhaps it is time to look for a speaker who represents the interests of more than just a tiny fraction of the party... and the Democrats of course.

Roll call adds:

Of the 28 Republicans voting for the debt ceiling, there were only four members of GOP leadership: Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, and Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam of Illinois. As a matter of principle, the speaker rarely votes, making this one particularly notable.


Many of the first votes for the debt ceiling came from chairmen of various committees. Of the chairmen voting for the bill, there were: Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa of California, Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers of Kentucky, Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce of California, Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon of California and Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings of Washington.


That means 15 other GOP committee chairmen voted against the measure, including Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin.


GOP Moderates


Some Republicans who fall along a more centrist point on the political spectrum — the same ones who fought for a “clean” bill to fund federal operations during the government shutdown — voted “yes” on Tuesday. They include Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and three New Yorkers: Michael G. Grimm, Peter T. King and Richard Hanna.


Retiring Republicans


The politically tricky vote for a debt ceiling was made easier for those Republicans who are retiring. Included in that group is McKeon, Frank R. Wolf of Virginia, Jon Runyan of New Jersey and Howard Coble of North Carolina.


Vulnerable Republicans


Vulnerable Republicans were faced with a choice about how to vote Tuesday night. These Republicans aren’t vulnerable because they face tough primary challengers from the right; they’re vulnerable because they reside in districts with light Republican support. Those lawmakers facing bruising re-election bids in November who voted with Democrats are: David Valadao and Gary G. Miller of California, Frank A. LoBiondo of New Jersey, Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania and Dave Reichert of Washington.

“I’m grateful to the speaker and the Republican leadership for giving this House this opportunity to act in a way that is consistent with the constitution,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking in the chamber in advance of the vote. “I thank my Democratic colleagues for never wavering from this position and standing firm on behalf of all Americans.”

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JamesBond's picture

sell out bitchez


Looney's picture

Sell outs? No my friend - those cocksuckers have never had anything to SELL to start with. BITCHEZ!!!  ;-)


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Every time the R-Team (yes I know most voted "against" this) fails us, it weakens my contention that there are real differences between the Rs and the Ds.

I still believe there are, but that is no longer the chasm it was.  

Gold!  That is financial tai chi, the more they wreck our system, the more gold will be worth.

Arius's picture

yeah, close call!

thank you to Bohner for saving the day !

NoDebt's picture

Is Boehner French?  He surrenders like one.

Don't like that one?  OK, here's another:

Boehner Folding Lawn Chair Co.  "Dependable folding congressional furniture since 2010"

Arius's picture

this might work ... once he retires, goes back to lawn business from mowing laws to folding lawn chairs ...

the guy is allergic to types of grass though ... thats the reason of his crying ... go figure ... quite a career from lawn to lawn ... is this a great country or what?

boogerbently's picture

I'm thinking the plan is to win back some doubters by looking "cooperative" (NONobstructionist).

Then letting Obamacare take the Dems down in the next elections.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Lets get the show on the road.  Since they have eliminated the "debt ceiling" as a political weapon, the debt ceiling is effectively dead, spend to INFINITY AND BEYOND!!  Why are we paying taxes at all?  They can just print the money to pay taxes.  Think of the "economic stimulus" that will provide?  A Keynesians wet dream come true!!

ACP's picture

I heard every time a trillion dollars is spent, another RINO gets his socialist wings.

Soul Glow's picture

Gold bitchez.

Fucking gold.

GetZeeGold's picture




The Jimmy Carter award for malaise governing goes to........John Boehner.

kralizec's picture you done it!  He'll be crying like a little bitch again at the presentation ceremony!  Thanks a lot!


Walt D.'s picture

We need William Banzai to make us a cartoon with John Boehner as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story - TO INFINITY and BEYOND.

Everybodys All American's picture

Boehner is certainly a coward but lets face it Obama is now Napolean in everyway but in stature.

salvadordaly's picture

Not only saved the day, he led the charge. Do with these what you will but these old boys voted "YES WE CAN"!

The 28 Republicans who voted "yes":

  • John Boehner (OH)
  • Ken Calvert (CA)
  • Dave Camp (MI)
  • Eric Cantor (VA)
  • Howard Coble (NC)
  • Chris Collins (NY)
  • Charles Dent (PA)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick (PA)
  • Michael Grimm (NY)
  • Richard Hanna (NY)
  • Doc Hastings (WA)
  • Darrell Issa (CA)
  • Peter King (NY)
  • Kevin McCarthy (CA)
  • Buck McKeon (CA)
  • Patrick Meehan (PA)
  • Gary Miller (CA)
  • Devin Nunes (CA)
  • David Reichert (WA)
  • Hal Rogers (KY)
  • Peter Roskam (IL)
  • Ed Royce (CA)
  • Jon Runyan (NJ)
  • John Shimkus (IL)
  • Chris Smith (NJ)
  • David Valadao (CA)
  • Frank Wolf (VA)
lasvegaspersona's picture

It appears that California and the big Eastern interests know that the dollas gotta flow! Cut back on my (corporate) welfare? Hell no!

Flakmeister's picture

If only they were trying to cut corporate welfare...

Abi Normal's picture

The SPICE must flow!!!!

The ever looming default is all but over us now, no turning back, full steam ahead...

The RINO's have sold out the brand yet again, they must go!  The Fabian jackals must be stopped, mid-terms will be our revenge!

You MUST educate everone you talk to, it is imperative we get out ALL of our TEA!

fuu's picture

They did cut corporate welfare from seventy billion a month to only sixty billion a month. It's hard to live on $720,000,000,000 a year in handouts.

Blano's picture

12 of them being just Kallyfornia and Stupid York.  What a shock!!

Moe Howard's picture

Didn't you get Cantor's state wrong? I could swear he is the Representative from the 13th District of Israel.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

You are so very right Moe

You forgot the other "Eagle beak" Frank Wolf who is vacating his seat in the 10th District of Israel. Obviously he went out with a "bang" on this vote!

Before I break I might as well add insult to injury by telling you that the "51st State" will be coming in droves without a passport now ... And not only that... Our strategic ballistic missile command will be run by them as well.

Unlike the Japanese that used Magna BSP (pardon me the inverse), we won't even need them as we're rolling out the red carpet without hiding a single thing! Ol' Jacky Weinstein will take care of everything!!

Shalom Booby!!!

LetThemEatRand's picture

I once interned with the U.S. Congress when Dave Camp (3rd on your list) was the chief of staff of the husband (the guy I interned for) of one of the heirs of the Dow Chemical Company.  Camp took over that guy's seat when he ran (unsuccessfully) for U.S. Senate.  Camp is a whore to Dow.  Kind of proves the point that the oligarchs want the debt ceiling raised.

HardAssets's picture

The oligarchs want America to spend ourselves into ruin. And they want to steal as much of that spending as they can lay their hands on before the final crunch time.

Glasnost's picture

Who died on the ides of march bitchez?!?  WHO?

The symbolism is hilarious. 

Bomp's picture

And not a one from the Heart of Dixie... Give 'em Hell Alabama!

RafterManFMJ's picture

I cannot be bothered to keep tabs on what the treasonous freakshow in DC is up to; this article did not say exactly what the clean debt bomb bill will do?

Raise the ceiling to 50 trillion?

Little help?

Abi Normal's picture

Anyway, for what it is worth...I think it goes to 18 or so trillion...I think it covers one year, so it adds another trillion or less. I may be wrong, have yet to find a definate figure.

There are some numbers in that article, maybe someone can figure it out.  I raised an eyebrow on the $15 trillion in tax pmts (lol)...maybe $15 bil? 

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

It doesn't matter, I think we all know there really is no limit to the debt and the chance of us ever paying it back is zero.


I mean honestly, is anyone out there that even halfway knows about any of this stuff so stupid as to believe we will stop spending when we hit the "limit"?  

BoNeSxxx's picture

Careful what you wish for DCRB... The more they wreck the system, the harder it will be to enjoy the fruits of your excellent preparation. It's a gulag on one side of the spectrum and a roaming horde curb stomping your face at the other end of it.

The only scenario that benefits the preppers is one that leans towards a Mad Max outcome... By all appearances, we are headed in the other direction.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I certainly do not want a TEOTWAWKI.  Life would suck, I agree.  But, something bad is likely to come.  Better to be ready than not.

Gulag does indeed to be the direction we are heading.  Lots of guns among our people will help mitigate that.  I hope...

takeaction's picture

That was awesome...Thanks for sharing that.  WOW.  The Human dystopia is really scary.

NoDebt's picture

Hey, since we're doing videos.... here's Boehner the first time he met Nancy Pelosi without her TV-prep makup on:

"You are one ugly motherfucker."

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Gold is thinking about rising up from the Lilliputian ropes that bind it...just thinkin' at the moment, in a lazy mood..

'Who are all these little folk (central bankers) buzzing around me? , jeez, they're sure annoying me now"

Cacete de Ouro's picture

It will be a monumental sight when gold stands up....monumental

graneros's picture

Hey Do Chen good observation.  There are a handful of the R team who are worth a crap but the true difference between the 2 parties is this: the D's say what they mean (as wrong as that may be) and then actually vote that way.  The R's on the other hand say one thing then proceed to vote the complete opposite.  In other words the R's talk the talk but won't walk the walk.

OneEyedJack's picture

I agree, yesterday with the latest Obamacare delay, there is no doubt left in my mind; we have experienced a coup.

I used to want to believe their was enough difference between the R's and D's to save this country, not so much anymore. 

For those of you waiting to pop your popcorn when the collapse comes, it's already here; just arriving slower than anyone thought  But it's here

HardAssets's picture

OneEyedJack - "I agree, yesterday with the latest Obamacare delay, there is no doubt left in my mind; we have experienced a coup.

I used to want to believe their was enough difference between the R's and D's to save this country, not so much anymore."


As Neo was told when he woke up from the Matrix :

"Welcome to the real world."

tickhound's picture

Would it help if I showed you ONE example of when they voted FOR rather than against? LOL you don't have to wrap your head around anything... You just don't wanna see it.

"Without comment or ceremony, President Bush on Tuesday signed a bill allowing a record $984 billion increase in the amount the federal government can borrow, to a record $7.4 trillion."

"The Treasury Department had warned it needed the extension by this week "to preserve the confidence in the U.S. government and to prevent uncertainty that would adversely affect our economic recovery."

"The 52-to-48 vote, with all Democrats and a handful of Republicans voting "no," increased the debt limit by $781 billion. The increase was the fourth since President Bush took office, prompting Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic minority leader, to declare that "years of Republican mismanagement" have driven the nation deep into the red.


Old tyler knew. New tyler can't "wrap his head around it" either. Or maybe he's just a pied piper now cuz it got too easy to do.

Vendetta's picture

Just 'believe' that Rs are good and Ds are all bad and you will be deemed 'good' in many circles and everyone can nod their heads in unison.  If you believe they are all systemically corrupt, then you are on 'the path' but few can bring themselves to acknowledge these things after so many years of political messaging ...

Freddie's picture

F Boehner, the 28 sellout RINOs and all the Dems except 2.  F em.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

I'd expect Johnny boy is busy bawling his eyes out listening to sad songs getting shitfaced on scotch.


Then at 8:00 he'll head over to the insider's club in a limo and join McCain, Graham, Feinstein and Shumer for some blow, a child sacrifice or 2 and perhaps end the night with a dalliance with a heavily drugged sex slave from a former soviet republic.

wee-weed up's picture



Methinks Obozo must have some embarrasing photos...

Of Ol' Johnny Boy "boner-ing" a goat or some other barnyard animal!

JLee2027's picture

Traitorous fuckheads, every one of them. Hang them all.

Global Hunter's picture

I believe that the nail gun is the trendy execution method of choice this season.