McConnell provides key vote as Congress approves debt increase

Congress approved a massive increase in the federal debt Wednesday, with Republican leaders linking arms and jumping together to help Democrats OK a play that will let President Obama borrow as much money as is needed to cover federal obligations for the next 13 months.

In the key vote, senators backed the debt increase by a tally of 67-31 — but only after the GOP’s leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, voted with Democrats to give Mr. Obama the borrowing authority. It was a brutal vote for the Kentucky Republican, who is locked in a GOP primary battle back home and who will face harsh criticism from conservative groups.

The debt increase cleared the House on a 221-201 vote on Tuesday and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

The Senate vote was dramatic.

Democrats appeared to be at least one vote shy of being able to overcome a GOP filibuster, and it wasn’t until Mr. McConnell voted in favor of it that it became clear the debt increase would pass. After he voted, his top lieutenants, who had already voted against the debt increase, switched — and then went to other rank-and-file Republicans and asked them to switch too, trying to present a united front.

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Eugene Sevene says:

    Vote for Matt Bevins Allison will only do as the DNC tells her to

  • junkmailbin says:

    it is RINO season. Get up, get out and help elect conservative republicans. In the words of our gay arab in the white house, “vote early, vote often”.

  • I Seigel says:

    Sanity/fiscal responsibility 1, Childish/anti-democracy/anti-business 0

  • USCBIKER says:

    Bitch McConnell must go! If Matt Bevin loses this summer in the primary, we’re f***ed because the Dem. in KY will beat McConnnell and take that seat.

  • John Gault says:

    The new reality:

    Republican = Democrat
    Democrat = Republican
    Democrat/Republican = Traitors

    Any conservative who ever votes Republican again is a fool. They are all traitors with the possible exception of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and a handful of other constitutional minded people who should leave the Republican party immediately as a matter of principle.

    I will never vote for a Republican (Republicrat) ever again under any circumstances.

  • rivahmitch says:

    McConnell and Boehner are working hard to kill any support among traditional, middle class, taxpaying Americans for the Republican party. Should they succeed, they leave only the 10th and 2nd Amendments as recourse for national survival. Semper Fi!

  • CTH says:

    He should have been put out to pasture long ago. Shame on the people whjo continued to vote for him.

  • Bill Ford says:

    Someone is surprised this coopted traitor did what he did? Why?

  • BH says:

    Why didn’t they push for a united front in opposition to the increase without some concessions from the Democrat Party?

  • iprazhm says:

    Hopefully his days are numbered. He has a growing number of opposition groups rising up to end his treachery in this next election. Folks are tired of his deceit.

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