Preliminary Yeas and Nays on debt deal

T. Elliot Gaiser Host, CPR Podcasts
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Here is a preliminary look at the direction congressional leaders are expected to go on the debt-ceiling deal reached late Sunday night.

Emanuel Cleaver (D- MO): NO — the debt-deal is “a sugar-coated satan sandwich”

Marco Rubio (R- Fla): NO — spokesman Alex Burgos confirmed that the freshman senator was against the agreement.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla): YES — “President Obama and Democratic leaders understood that not raising the debt limit would be absolutely irresponsible.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D- Fla): YES

Rep. Allen West (R- Fla): YES — “this is a good plan for the American people.”

Rep. Connie Mack, (R-Fla): NO

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.): YES — “We did send a message to the world and to the American people that our great democracy is working, as difficult and hard as it is.”

Rep. Barney Frank, (D-Mass): YES

Rep Steny Hoyer (D-MD): YES

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R- Minn.): NO

Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-Ill.): NO

Sen. Mark Kirk, (R-Ill.): YES — he said he will vote for the bill despite concerns about defense cuts.

Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.): YES

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): NO — “This agreement adds over $7 trillion in new debt over the next decade and only makes small reductions in future spending. We hardly address the future growth of entitlements, a major contributor of future budgetary problems. Instead of our nation running toward bankruptcy we will be walking toward bankruptcy.”

Sen. Jim DeMint, (R-S.C.): LIKLEY NO — “I’m not going to tell Americans that we’re doing everything when we’re not,” he said. “We’re planning on adding another $10 trillion in debt.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): LIKELY NO — “I am continuing to review the reported proposal but I pledged to not support any debt limit increase absent significant spending cuts, a hard spending cap, and congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah): NO

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.): NO — “This deal weakens the Democratic Party as badly as it weakens the country. We have given much and received nothing in return.”

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.): LIKELY YES

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky): YES — the pact “will ensure significant cuts in Washington spending””