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Grayson, Kosmas join GOP against raising debt



Two of Florida's most vulnerable Democrats, Reps. Alan Grayson of Orlando and Suzanne Kosmas of New Smyrna Beach, split from their party today to vote against raising the amount the government can borrow by $1.9 trillion.

The Associated Press: The huge debt increase, approved 217-212, is only enough to keep the government afloat for about another year as it borrows more than 40 cents of every dollar it spends on programs like defense, health care, feeding the poor and protecting the environment. The budget tops $3.7 trillion this year and the deficit's approaching $1.6 trillion under the budget submitted by President Barack Obama this week.

The huge increase — to $14.3 trillion — in the cap on federal borrowing was designed by Democratic leaders to ensure that the rank and file won't have to vote again to run up another increase before facing voters increasingly angry over government spending and debt in the November midterm elections.

Grayson and Kosmas may have decided that wasn't sufficient cover. The freshmen lawmakers are considered targets in the upcoming election, though both have raised a lot of money while no clear GOP front-runners have emerged.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:17pm]


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