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H.R. 325: Temporary Debt Limit Suspension

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Debt Limit

This week the House considered H.R. 325: Temporary Debt Limit Suspension. This bill suspends the debt limit for three months. After that, the debt limit will be reinstated. This is just another example of putting off dealing with difficult problems. This bill ensures that Congress will have to raise the debt limit again later this year to avoid defaulting on our obligations. Continuing to delay action doesnít solve anything and only creates additional uncertainty for the economy.

H.R. 325 also withholds the paychecks for Members of Congress unless a budget resolution is passed. This may seem like a tempting approach given the dysfunction often on display in Washington. However, itís basically a meaningless gimmick because even if no budget passes, all of the withheld money will be given back to Members of the House and Senate at the end of the Congress, with interest. I also think this sets a troubling precedent for future legislation. I fully expect that Republican leadership will attach this paycheck provision to other bills. Who knows, we may see legislation withholding pay unless cuts are made to programs like Social Security or withholding pay unless Roe v. Wade is repealed.

I voted NO. H.R. 325 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

199

33

0

0

DEMOCRAT

86

111

0

3

TOTAL

285

144

0

3

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

6

3

0

0



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