Vote Alert: The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal to suspend the debt ceiling

Vote Alert: The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal

This is one of the top votes in Congress. How did your elected officials vote?

Posted September 08, 2017 11:35 AM
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President Trump struck a deal with Democrat minority leaders Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., amending a $7.85 billion emergency spending measure intended to provide badly needed aide for Hurricane Harvey victims to include a short-term suspension of the debt ceiling until December 8. This permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow an unlimited amount of money during this time frame.

The idea of exploiting the suffering of Hurricane Harvey victims as political leverage to push through a clean debt ceiling increase was originally hatched by GOP leadership. The only difference between the GOP leadership's plan and the final deal reached between President Trump, House Minority Leader Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Schumer was the time frame for suspending the debt limit.

In addition to suspending the statutory limit on the national debt, the bill provides for $7.4 billion in emergency funding for FEMA, $450 million for the Small Business Authority, and an additional $7.4 billion for Community Development Block Grant, historically regarded as pork barrel spending because funds aren’t used for immediate relief.

Elected officials supporting this debt ceiling increase have no idea of the amount of debt they are approving, because the increase was affixed to a date rather than a number. This bill amounts to a blank check to increase the nation’s $19.9 trillion national debt without securing spending cuts to offset the emergency hurricane relief package.

Furthermore, the bill extends government funding at the current Obama-era spending levels through December 8, 2017, and extends other government programs like the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that were set to expire.

In short, the Republican-controlled government passed a budget funding all of the Democrat spending levels and policy priorities, such as sanctuary cities, Planned Parenthood, and refugee resettlement, but failed to fund the border wall the president promised.

The bill was approved by the Senate 80-17 on September 7, 2017, and the House of Representatives approved the bill with majority Democratic support 316-90 on September 8, 2017.

To see how your elected officials stack up or other votes that compose the Liberty Score, view our full scorecard here.

Conservative position: NO


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U.S. Senate

YEAs — 80

Alexander (R-TN)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Booker (D-NJ)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Capito (R-WV)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Duckworth (D-IL)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gardner (R-CO)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harris (D-CA)
Hassan (D-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kaine (D-VA)
Kennedy (R-LA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Leahy (D-VT)
Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Merkley (D-OR)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Perdue (R-GA)
Peters (D-MI)
Portman (R-OH)
Reed (D-RI)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Scott (R-SC)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Strange (R-AL)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Udall (D-NM)
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)
Young (R-IN)

NAYs—17

Corker (R-TN)
Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Sasse (R-NE)
Toomey (R-PA)

Not Voting—3

Menendez (D-NJ)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sullivan (R-AK)

U.S. House

YEAS316 

 

Abraham
Adams
Aderholt
Aguilar
Allen
Amodei
Arrington
Babin
Barletta
Barragán
Bass
Beatty
Bera
Bergman
Beyer
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (MI)
Bishop (UT)
Blum
Blumenauer
Blunt Rochester
Bonamici
Bost
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (MD)
Brownley (CA)
Bucshon
Burgess
Bustos
Butterfield
Calvert
Capuano
Carbajal
Cárdenas
Carson (IN)
Carter (GA)
Carter (TX)
Cartwright
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chabot
Chu, Judy
Cicilline
Clark (MA)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (NY)
Comstock
Conaway
Connolly
Conyers
Cook
Cooper
Correa
Costello (PA)
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Davis (CA)
Davis, Rodney
DeFazio
Delaney
DelBene
Demings
Denham
Dent
DeSaulnier
Dingell
Doggett
Donovan
Doyle, Michael F.
Ellison
Engel
Eshoo
Espaillat
Esty (CT)
Evans
Farenthold
Faso
Ferguson
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Flores
Fortenberry
Foster
Frankel (FL)
Frelinghuysen
Fudge
Gabbard
Gallego
Garamendi
Gianforte
Gibbs
Gohmert
Gomez
Gonzalez (TX)
Gottheimer
Gowdy
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Grothman
Guthrie
Gutiérrez
Hanabusa
Handel
Harper
Hastings
Heck
Higgins (LA)
Higgins (NY)
Himes
Hoyer
Huffman
Hurd
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jayapal
Jeffries
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (LA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, E. B.
Joyce (OH)
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kelly (PA)
Kennedy
Khanna
Kihuen
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger
Knight
Krishnamoorthi
Kuster (NH)
LaMalfa
Lance
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Latta
Lawrence
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lewis (MN)
Lieu, Ted
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Lofgren
Love
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lucas
Lujan Grisham, M.
Luján, Ben Ray
Lynch
MacArthur
Maloney, Carolyn B.
Maloney, Sean
Marchant
Marino
Marshall
Mast
Matsui
McCarthy
McCaul
McCollum
McEachin
McGovern
McHenry
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
McSally
Meehan
Meeks
Meng
Mitchell
Moolenaar
Moore
Moulton
Murphy (PA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Newhouse
Nolan
Norcross
Nunes
O'Halleran
O'Rourke
Olson
Palazzo
Pallone
Panetta
Pascrell
Paulsen
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters
Peterson
Pingree
Pittenger
Pocan
Poe (TX)
Poliquin
Polis
Price (NC)
Quigley
Raskin
Ratcliffe
Reed
Reichert
Rice (NY)
Rice (SC)
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rohrabacher
Rooney, Francis
Rooney, Thomas J.
Rosen
Roybal-Allard
Royce (CA)
Ruiz
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schrader
Scott (VA)
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Serrano
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Smucker
Soto
Speier
Stefanik
Stivers
Suozzi
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Taylor
Tenney
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Tiberi
Titus
Tonko
Torres
Trott
Tsongas
Upton
Valadao
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walberg
Walden
Walters, Mimi
Walz
Waters, Maxine
Watson Coleman
Weber (TX)
Welch
Williams
Wilson (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Young (AK)
Young (IA)


 NAYS90 

 

Amash
Bacon
Banks (IN)
Barr
Barton
Biggs
Black
Blackburn
Brat
Brooks (AL)
Buck
Budd
Byrne
Cheney
Collins (GA)
Comer
Davidson
DesJarlais
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Emmer
Estes (KS)
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Gaetz
Gallagher
Goodlatte
Gosar
Graves (MO)
Griffith
Harris
Hartzler
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Hice, Jody B.
Hill
Holding
Hollingsworth
Hudson
Huizenga
Hultgren
Hunter
Jenkins (KS)
Jenkins (WV)
Johnson, Sam
Jordan
Kelly (MS)
Kustoff (TN)
LaHood
Lamborn
Long
Loudermilk
Luetkemeyer
Massie
McClintock
Meadows
Messer
Mooney (WV)
Mullin
Noem
Norman
Palmer
Pearce
Perry
Renacci
Roby
Rokita
Roskam
Rothfus
Rouzer
Russell
Sanford
Schweikert
Sensenbrenner
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Stewart
Thornberry
Tipton
Turner
Wagner
Walker
Walorski
Wenstrup
Westerman
Wittman
Yoder
Yoho
Zeldin


Not Voting27 

 

Bilirakis
Bridenstine
Buchanan
Costa
Crist
Cummings
Curbelo (FL)
Davis, Danny
DeGette
DeLauro
DeSantis
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dunn
Garrett
Jones
Labrador
Lawson (FL)
Murphy (FL)
Posey
Richmond
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Rutherford
Scalise
Wasserman Schultz
Webster (FL)