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Tea Party Debt Plan To Go To Vote In House

07/18/2011 8:25 am 0 comments

Source: AP / CBS News

Washington — The next step in the weeks-long saga over how to increase the government’s borrowing cap is to let House tea party forces try it their way.

A Republican “cut, cap and balance” plan set for a House vote Tuesday would condition a $2.4 trillion increase in the so-called debt limit on an immediate $100 billion-plus cut from next year’s budget and adoption by Congress of a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget.

“Let’s let the American people decide,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on “Fox News Sunday.” “Do they want something common sense as cutting spending, capping the growth in government and requiring a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution?”

The idea appears to be to allow tea party-backed GOP lawmakers to have the run of Congress this week in hopes that they’ll ultimately be able to stomach a plan emerging in the Senate to give President Barack Obama sweeping power to order a $2.5 trillion increase in the debt limit without approval by Congress.

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