The House voted, 239-176, in support of a measure that voices opposition to the increase of the debt ceiling. Six Democrats voted along with Republicans to oppose the debt ceiling increase. House Republicans had only one defection — California Rep. David Dreier.
It is largely a symbolic vote, since the Senate is expected to allow the debt ceiling hike…
Under the deal, Obama was required to submit a request to Congress to raise the debt ceiling in three stages. The latest request, which was the final stage, would raise the debt ceiling by another $1.2 trillion.
Despite Wednesday’s vote, Obama would still have the authority to raise the debt limit unless the Senate follows suit. Even then, both chambers would likely need to muster a two-thirds majority in order to override a presidential veto. The Senate is expected to vote next week on the resolution, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told Fox News.
You know the senate will vote yes, because that is what the Democrats do, spend as much tax payer money as fast and often as they can…
The political dance choreographed under last summer’s Budget Control Act was designed to permit lawmakers, mostly Republicans, to vote against the debt increase but not actually block it, which would provoke a first-ever, market-rattling default on U.S. government obligations.
The debate offered Tea Party-backed GOP freshmen an opportunity to cast blame on the White House and Democratic-controlled Senate for the nation’s fiscal ills. The national debt has skyrocketed during Obama’s first term — from $10.6 trillion on Inauguration Day to $15.2 trillion today.