Vote count goes down to the wire, with overall dissatisfaction on new deal

As both chambers prepare for debate this afternoon on debt deal reached by lawmakers Sunday evening, most of the attention will be focused on efforts to get conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats on board to vote yes.

Many of those who opposed the Boehner and Reid plans will likely oppose the latest proposal as well. The Cut, Cap and Balance Coalition released a statement Monday morning opposing the deal, which could offer a glimpse into how the other Cut, Cap, Balance (CCB) backer will act as well. (RELATED: Obama carefully backs debt deal)

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, the prime sponsor of the CCB in the Senate, is a ‘No’, his spokesman told The Daily Caller on Monday.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will also be voting no, TheDC has learned.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina will also vote ‘no,’ saying in a statement Monday, “I cannot in good conscience support this deal. Simply stated, it locks us into more debt, bigger government and most devastating of all, a weakened defense infrastructure at a time when we face growing threats.”

In the House, Rep. Joe Walsh if Illinois will also vote against the bill. And according to one GOP source, the chatter on Capitol Hill is that between 50 and 60 Republicans will vote against the deal. There are 240 Republicans in the House.

A spokesperson for Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina told TheDC the Congressman, who voted against the Boehner plan, is still reviewing the new legislation and hasn’t come to any conclusion yet.

That means Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will need to come through with Democratic votes. Without Democrat support, it’s very likely the measure will not pass. But that is easier said than done, as the progressive caucus is not thrilled with the deal.

Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona said “This deal trades peoples livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it.

“The Democratic Party, no less than the Republican Party, is at a very serious crossroads at this moment,” the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus added. “This deal weakens the Democratic Party as badly as it weakens the country. We have given much and received nothing in return. The lesson today is that Republicans can hold their breath long enough to get what they want.”

Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver of Missouri said of the deal that if he were a Republican, he’d be “dancing in the streets.”

But as the hours tick by, the likelihood is that more and more Democrats will come to the same conclusion as Rep. Bob Andrews, who said on MSNBC Monday morning, “I’m not happy with this deal, but I’m going to vote for it.”

  • loudog

    Republicans will own the double dip if it comes.

    “Meanwhile, others are concerned that the latest budget deal will further weaken the faltering US economy. Having missed a chance to make sizeable budget cuts when the US economy was strong, and asset prices were surging, Washington must now rein in spending at a time when the economy is weak, and unemployment remains stubbornly high.”


  • baal

    OK, Republicans in congress, repeat after me: F*ck Obama.

    What? No Backbone? No brain? No Balls?

    In case you haven’t figured this out, Obama rode roughshod over you every single time he could. 

    Now you’re going to give him breathing room til after the election? 

    You’re going to give him more money?

    You’re going to give him $2.4 trillion dollars? That’s 2.4 trillion in DEBT.

    How is this a plan? 

    How is this a deal? 

    Why deal when you hold all the cards?

  • fourleafclover

    “Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver of Missouri said of the deal that if he were a Republican, he’d be “dancing in the streets.”

    Cleaver is not as smart as my dog. He is also a tax dodger and a liar. He is only in Congress because he is black and most of the voters in his area are black. There is a lot of bigotry surrounding Cleaver and his work in Congress. He is very stupid.

  • Mr.ManZ

    After hearing bits and pieces of of the debt limit bill all throughout the day I have to agree with the majority of the comments on this board  this so called bill really STINKS, however even I know what it would mean for our government to go into default. This is a very tuff call, but if it were me I think I would vote yes on the bill simply because the price some would have to pay could be devastating.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous


    Please for the love of country, draw the line in the sand, and force the USG to not be able to borrow money to pay it’s bills. Thats’ the real ramifications of hitting the debt ceiling. So the USG won’t be able to pay it’s bills with borrowed money, and MUST pay it’s bills with only the funds in which it brings in by taxes and fees.

    What a concept! I do it everyday, as do most Americans. How about the USG starts doing it.


  • http://tackingintothewind.blogspot.com/ John Hinds

    A deal that reduces the projected growth of spending 6bil the first year, that doesn’t eliminate one single program or department, that says nothing at all about Obamacare, that essentially gives Obama a free ride through 2012 by raising the ceiling and giving him further authority to raise it himself, and that doesn’t mandate the passage of a balanced budget amendment; anyone who says that this should pass needs to grab his left ear with his right hand, his right ear with his left hand and Pull. His. Head. Out. Of. His. Ass. The GOP sold out, always intended to. I still have hope, but not much. I keep thinking the night is darkest just before the dawn. The GOP gained over 700 seats in state legislatures in 2010 and over 80 gains in the U.S. House. The mandate was to cut spending. The GOP has told their constituents to take their mandate and fold it three ways and stuff it where the sun don’t shine.

  • Gil Com

    this deal is crap. that means it will be approved. and the american lemmings will follow meekly along. It is time for revolution 2.

  • http://twitter.com/SheerPolitics Sheer Politics

    As usual, Washington pulls a deal out of their a** at the last minute when they’ve had months to work on it. Both sides run to the microphone saying how they hate the deal but need it to prevent default. BS. This is “kabuki theater” at it’s finest. They’ll raise the limit, spend more and then give us the same song and dance after the elections.