Political junkies should take note: All five of Iowa's representatives in Congress voted against House Speaker John Boehner's final compromise plan to resolve the debt-ceiling impasse. Iowapolitics.com has details:
“All five of Iowa's congressmen — three Democrats and two Republicans — this evening voted against legislation authorizing a limited increase in the $14.3 trillion debt limit in exchange for more than $900 billion in spending cuts.
“Republican U.S. Reps. Tom Latham of Ames and Steve King of Kiron joined Democratic U.S. Reps. Leonard Boswell of Des Moines, Bruce Braley of Waterloo and Dave Loebsack of Mount Vernon in rejecting the bill.
“Nonetheless, the plan by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was narrowly approved by the U.S. House, 218-210.
“Here are quotes from four of the five explaining their votes:
BRALEY: “Washington is broken and it’s long past time that we fix it. The American people are tired of excuses. That’s why I couldn’t support Speaker Boehner’s bill tonight. It doesn’t fix the problem, it delays it, and it’s time we address this problem like adults. Over 5 months ago I asked the President and Speaker Boehner for a plan to reduce our nation's spending and get our debt under control. But the simple truth is that problems rarely get solved in Washington until the clock has nearly run out. Now we’ve come to the brink of a default and a serious blow to our fragile economy. That’s unacceptable. As soon as I see a viable plan to bring us back from the brink of default and address our national debt and deficit, I’ll be the first to cast my ‘yea’ vote.”
KING: “I voted for and supported the debt ceiling increase coupled with Cut, Cap and Balance which included a smart, visionary, balanced budget amendment to our Constitution that caps spending at 18% of GDP. That was the place to take a stand. I voted against S. 627 because it weakens our position and makes it harder to realize the discipline necessary to significantly reduce our deficit and ultimately pay down our national debt.”
LATHAM: “I have been very clear in our debate about spending that I will only support measures that meet the criteria of immediately cutting wasteful spending, imposing spending caps as a percentage of our economy going forward, and requiring a balanced budget amendment. We simply can’t keep giving Washington permission in the form of a blank check to continue to spend beyond its means. …Unfortunately, while this measure heads in the right direction, it falls short of the criteria I feel must be met in order to gain my support and vote.”
LOEBSACK: “This bill was a nonstarter – the Senate and President had already rejected it – before it was even voted on by the House. Congress needs to stop focusing on the political charades that have been on display. There are some tough choices that need to be made, but right now, Iowans are concerned about getting our economy back on track and making sure jobs are available. We need to get our fiscal house in order, but the budget cannot – and should not – be balanced on the backs of the middle-class and seniors so the wealthiest Americans and big oil companies can keep getting tax breaks.”