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House passes retooled Boehner debt plan



The U.S. House just passed a revised debt-cutting plan pushed by Speaker John Boehner. The vote was 218-210. Florida went party line except Republicans Connie Mack of Fort Myers and Steve Southerland of Panama City voted no, joining 20 other GOP lawmakers who felt the measure did not cut enough.


Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation: "I learned when I was a solider at Fort Irwin National Training Center that when Officers waste too much time trying to come up with the perfect plan, they fall short because they are too inflexible or divided to see the path to victory. However, if you can come up with a 70-75 percent plan and execute it well, then you can win- and that’s what we have in the Budget Control Act."

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami: "I believe we need a clean debt ceiling increase to pay our bills and honor our obligations, but the Tea Party insists on holding our economy hostage to their extreme ideological agenda. I refuse to take part in this dangerous game.”

Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala: "This represents a step toward preventing our nation’s economic collapse under this growing debt while ensuring that the federal government keeps its obligations to the American people.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston: "Now that Republicans are finished grandstanding, I hope they’ll sit down with Democrats to achieve a real solution to America’s deficit."

Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Orlando: "While the bill wasn’t perfect, and not the one I would have written, it is a balanced approach to reducing federal government spending while ensuring that the United States is able to meet its debt obligations and our promises to seniors, military members and veterans."

Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor: “While I am in favor of larger spending cuts, this plan is rooted in the principles that move our nation down a path to grow our economy and prevent us from defaulting on our obligations. Now it is the President and Leader Reid's turn to act to deal with our debt, the time for talk is over.”

Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Brooksville: “If you need any evidence of Republicans willingness to compromise, just consider that more than two hundred of us just cast a vote for something that we hated. The Senate hasn’t passed anything. The President refuses to put anything on paper. Who is holding this up, really?”

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami: "This bill is not a short-term Band-Aid. This bill begins to tackle the disease that has been taking over Washington for a very long time: out-of-control spending. I urge Senate Democrats to pass at least one of the two alternative House plans in their possession that increases the debt ceiling limit; if they fail to do so, the consequences rest solely on them and President Obama.

Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge: “Is this bill perfect? No, but it is a step in the right direction toward lower spending and a balanced budget.  It is far different from what the President proposed earlier this year"

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland: "Like any addict, Washington needs an intervention. The Balanced Budget Amendment is spending rehab for Congress and the American people demand they go.”

[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 7:04pm]


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