published Monday, August 1st, 2011

Chuck Fleischmann votes no on raising debt cap

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., voted tonight against a legislative compromise to avoid a debt default.

Fleischmann said the agreement didn’t include the requirement for a Balanced Budget amendment to the constitution he said was necessary to ensure the federal government ultimately balances its books. The House voted 269-161 in favor of the measure.

“I have said all along that a debt ceiling raise must be accompanied by a Balanced Budget Amendment and significant budget reforms,” Fleischmann said in a statement explaining his no vote.

“While ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’, and an earlier version of the ‘Budget Control Act’, did these things, the bill put forth today did not do so. As Sen. Marco Rubio said this weekend, ‘Compromise that is not a solution is a waste of time.’ Unfortunately, the bill today did not provide real, long-term solutions," he said.

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Facts said...

This is laughable. This wasn't his tune a few days ago when he marched to the orders of his superiors. Sir, it's obvious you're clueless. You need to travel light to Washington. It'll save you a costly move in a few months.

August 1, 2011 at 7:45 p.m.
ITguy said...

I am sure that he will be pleased to know that he voted in agreement with Barney Frank.

August 1, 2011 at 8:16 p.m.
Stewwie said...

I think it's obvious that Mr. Fleischmann and Mr. Frank voted against this bill for completely different reasons.

The balanced budget amendment proposed by the Republicans would have been a good start in moving forward to try to reduce our country's debt. However, the stubbornness from Mr. Obama and the rest of the Democrats all but forced that idea to the curb at the last minute. There is no good reason why this country can't or shouldn't put forth a balanced budget every year. Borrowing from our grandkids will only get us so far.

The people spoke in 2010 by giving the Republicans the majority in the House again. If Mr. Obama maintains his stubbornness by refusing to legitimately compromise or offer real solutions, his chances of winning in 2012 will be virtually nil.

August 1, 2011 at 8:54 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Our fine young Congressperson knew we needed increased revenue by ending tax loopholes so he voted NO.

August 1, 2011 at 10:31 p.m.

The point is that no one is happy with this Debt Ceiling Bill, Conservatives or Liberals. Only the 2012 elections will shift the momentum.

August 2, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
ejohnson017 said...

I keep hearing that phone calls are not being returned by the Washington office. I dont agree with Chuck on much, but he seems very accessible here in Chattanooga. What's the problem with staff in DC?

August 2, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
rolando said...

Chuck, you just earned my vote for your next campaign...just as you did for your first.

Thanks for being one of the few Repubs with cajones.

August 2, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
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