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Georgia Republicans and John Barrow vote against 2014 debt ceiling suspension

The Debt Ceiling Extension Act, S.B. 540, passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday, with all of Georgia Republicans voting against it, and all but one Georgia Democrat voting for it.

The 2014 debt ceiling bill passed without much debate Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
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The clean debt ceiling passed 221-201 with only 28 Republicans voting in favor of it, and just two Democrats, Georgia's John Barrow (D-12) and Utah's Jim Matheson (D-04), opposing it.

The debt ceiling 2014 vote:

  • GOP: Yea - 28; Nay -199
  • DEM: Yea - 193; Nay -2
  • Total: Yea - 221; Nay – 201

The vote is unorthodox because it has the fewest number of votes from the majority party on a bill that passed the House since 1991.

The bill allows for spending until March 15, 2015.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, who represents Georgia's 11th congressional district, tweeted after the vote: "Today I voted No to a #DebtCeiling raise. Fiscally, we must be more responsible. Morally, we must stop shifting our debt to future gens."

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga-10) released the following statement about the vote:

"It is highly irresponsible to be giving the President a blank check to spend and borrow as he pleases – but unfortunately, that’s exactly what Speaker Boehner’s bill does. We cannot continue to fuel the President’s spending addiction by increasing our nation’s borrowing limit and leaving our children and grandchildren with bills they simply cannot afford to pay. Congress must focus on cutting spending and paying down our massive $17 trillion debt – not continue to destroy jobs and stifle our economy with more spending and taxes.

"It is time we fundamentally change government and return to the constitutionally limited government as our Founding Fathers intended – and that starts with stopping Washington’s outrageous spending. Today I voted no to raising the debt ceiling – but I’ll be voting yes for the future of your children and grandchildren, for a strong free market, and for the liberty and prosperity of our nation.”

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga-07) released the following statement about the vote:

"I regret the President's call for a 'clean debt ceiling' that exacerbates the problem, rather than takes steps to solve the problem. We can find and pass solutions, but only if we have a willing partner in the White House and the Senate. We are on an unsustainable path of borrowing from our children and grandchildren in order to fund our excessive federal spending. We as a nation must take steps to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, this pattern before the true debt limit is reached: when we can no longer find a lender.

"America must control spending and reduce our debt, and as a nation, we have an obligation to meet the financial commitments we have already made. There is no reason both goals cannot be achieved if we are willing to make the tough choices today to ensure a better tomorrow for the next generation. Kicking the can down the road is neither responsible nor effective. As then-Senator Obama stated in 2006 with regard to increasing the debt limit, we are 'shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.' Then-Senator Obama was right to demand this leadership from President Bush, and I am right to demand leadership from President Obama."

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