Vote Alert: Suspend the debt ceiling, cancel the budget caps, and increase spending by $321 billion

· August 1, 2019  
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With this vote on the Bipartisan Budget Act, Congress undid the only successful limitation on government spending of the last decade, and it was undone under a Republican president with a GOP Senate majority.

This budget deal, negotiated between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., cancels the budget caps for the final two years of the Budget Control Act and increases spending by $321 billion over two years. Congress suspended the debt ceiling until 2021, guaranteeing that the United States will accrue at least $2 trillion in additional debt during that time, and likely more. While proponents of the deal argue that there are $77.4 billion in spending offsets, the fact is most of those “offsets” are just a paper agreement that Congress will agree to spend less on entitlement programs in 10 years. Congress never agrees to spend less on entitlement programs.

Lawmakers on both sides celebrated these irresponsible increases in spending because the bill did not include so-called “poison pill” amendments. In plain English, that means this spending deal did not add additional funding for a border wall, did not defund Planned Parenthood, and did not include any sort of conservative policy, all the while funding Democratic Party priorities like welfare and Obamacare without any reforms to decrease government spending.

This vote was the last debt limit vote of President Trump’s first term in office. This was the last chance of Trump’s first term to fight for conservative budget priorities and GOP leadership, and most Republicans in Congress did not want to have that fight.

The House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act on July 25, 2019 at 5:10 p.m. ET in a roll call vote of 284 – 149.

The Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act on August 1, 2019 at 11:54 a.m. ET in a roll call vote of 67 – 28.

CR Position: NO


U.S. House of Representatives*

*Minority party (Republicans) in italics

YEAs — 284

Adams
Aderholt
Aguilar
Allred
Axne
Babin
Bacon
Barragán
Bass
Beatty
Bera
Bergman
Beyer
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (UT)
Blunt Rochester
Bonamici
Bost
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brady
Brooks (IN)
Brown (MD)
Brownley (CA)
Bustos
Butterfield
Calvert
Carbajal
Cárdenas
Carson (IN)
Carter (TX)
Cartwright
Case
Casten (IL)
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Cheney
Chu, Judy
Cicilline
Cisneros
Clark (MA)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Connolly
Cook
Correa
Costa
Courtney
Cox (CA)
Craig
Crist
Crow
Cuellar
Cummings
Davids (KS)
Davis (CA)
Davis, Danny K.
Davis, Rodney
Dean
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
DelBene
Delgado
Demings
DeSaulnier
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Doggett
Doyle, Michael F.
Dunn
Engel
Escobar
Eshoo
Espaillat
Evans
Ferguson
Finkenauer
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Fletcher
Fortenberry
Foster
Frankel
Fudge
Gabbard
Gallego
Garamendi
García (IL)
Garcia (TX)
Golden
Gomez
Gonzalez (TX)
Gottheimer
Granger
Green, Al (TX)
Grijalva
Guthrie
Haaland
Hartzler
Hastings
Hayes
Heck
Higgins (NY)
Hill (AR)
Hill (CA)
Himes
Horn, Kendra S.
Horsford
Houlahan
Hoyer
Huffman
Hurd (TX)
Jackson Lee
Jayapal
Jeffries
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson (TX)
Joyce (OH)
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kennedy
Khanna
Kildee
Kilmer
Kim
King (NY)
Kinzinger
Kirkpatrick
Krishnamoorthi
Kuster (NH)
Kustoff (TN)
Lamb
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lawrence
Lawson (FL)
Lee (CA)
Lee (NV)
Levin (CA)
Levin (MI)
Lewis
Lieu, Ted
Loebsack
Lofgren
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Luján
Luria
Lynch
Malinowski
Maloney, Carolyn B.
Maloney, Sean
Matsui
McBath
McCarthy
McCaul
McCollum
McEachin
McGovern
McHenry
McNerney
Meeks
Meng
Meuser
Miller
Moore
Morelle
Moulton
Mucarsel-Powell
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Neguse
Norcross
Nunes
O’Halleran
Ocasio-Cortez
Palazzo
Pallone
Panetta
Pappas
Pascrell
Payne
Pelosi
Pence
Perlmutter
Phillips
Pingree
Pocan
Porter
Price (NC)
Quigley
Raskin
Reschenthaler
Richmond
Roby
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rose (NY)
Rouda
Roybal-Allard
Ruiz
Ruppersberger
Rush
Rutherford
Ryan
Sánchez
Sarbanes
Scalise
Scanlon
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schrier
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Serrano
Sewell (AL)
Shalala
Sherman
Sherrill
Simpson
Sires
Slotkin
Smith (NJ)
Smith (WA)
Soto
Speier
Stanton
Stauber
Stefanik
Stevens
Stewart
Suozzi
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Titus
Tlaib
Tonko
Torres (CA)
Torres Small (NM)
Trahan
Trone
Turner
Underwood
Upton
Van Drew
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walden
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson Coleman
Welch
Wexton
Wild
Wilson (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Young

NAYs — 149

Abraham
Allen
Amash
Amodei
Armstrong
Arrington
Baird
Balderson
Banks
Barr
Biggs
Blumenauer
Brindisi
Brooks (AL)
Buchanan
Buck
Bucshon
Budd
Burchett
Burgess
Byrne
Carter (GA)
Chabot
Cline
Cloud
Comer
Cooper
Crawford
Crenshaw
Cunningham
Curtis
Davidson (OH)
DesJarlais
Duffy
Duncan
Emmer
Estes
Flores
Foxx (NC)
Fulcher
Gaetz
Gallagher
Gianforte
Gibbs
Gohmert
Gonzalez (OH)
Gooden
Gosar
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Graves (MO)
Green (TN)
Griffith
Grothman
Guest
Hagedorn
Harder (CA)
Harris
Hern, Kevin
Herrera Beutler
Hice (GA)
Higgins (LA)
Holding
Hollingsworth
Hudson
Huizenga
Hunter
Johnson (LA)
Johnson (SD)
Jordan
Joyce (PA)
Keller
Kelly (MS)
Kelly (PA)
Kind
King (IA)
LaHood
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Latta
Lesko
Lipinski
Long
Loudermilk
Marchant
Marshall
Massie
Mast
McAdams
McClintock
McKinley
Meadows
Mitchell
Moolenaar
Mooney (WV)
Mullin
Murphy
Newhouse
Norman
Olson
Omar
Palmer
Perry
Peters
Peterson
Posey
Pressley
Ratcliffe
Reed
Rice (NY)
Rice (SC)
Riggleman
Rodgers (WA)
Roe, David P.
Rooney (FL)
Rose, John W.
Rouzer
Roy
Schrader
Schweikert
Scott, Austin
Sensenbrenner
Shimkus
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smucker
Spanberger
Spano
Steil
Steube
Stivers
Taylor
Timmons
Tipton
Wagner
Walberg
Walker
Walorski
Waltz
Watkins
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Westerman
Williams
Wittman
Wright
Yoho
Zeldin

*Minority party (Republicans) in italics


U.S. Senate

YEAs — 67

Alexander (R-TN)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Capito (R-WV)
Cardin (D-MD)
Casey (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Cramer (R-ND)
Crapo (R-ID)
Duckworth (D-IL)
Durbin (D-IL)
Ernst (R-IA)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hassan (D-NH)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Jones (D-AL)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Leahy (D-VT)
Markey (D-MA)
McConnell (R-KY)
McSally (R-AZ)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Perdue (R-GA)
Peters (D-MI)
Portman (R-OH)
Reed (D-RI)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rosen (D-NV)
Rounds (R-SD)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sinema (D-AZ)
Smith (D-MN)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Udall (D-NM)
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Warner (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)
Young (R-IN)

NAYs — 28

Bennet (D-CO)
Blackburn (R-TN)
Braun (R-IN)
Carper (D-DE)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Cotton (R-AR)
Cruz (R-TX)
Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Gardner (R-CO)
Hawley (R-MO)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Manchin (D-WV)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Romney (R-UT)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Tester (D-MT)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA)

Not Voting – 5

Booker (D-NJ)
Harris (D-CA)
Isakson (R-GA)
Sanders (I-VT)
Warren (D-MA)

Author: CR Staff