Congress Passes Debt Ceiling Bill, Becerra Votes 'No'

Becerra said bill was 'not balanced' and failed to ask for 'shared sacrifice.'

According to The Huffington Post, the United States House of Representatives today passed an 11th hour bill that will cut spending by $2.1 trillion and gradually raise the debt ceiling until 2013.

The deal, which was subject to weeks of bitter legislative wrangling beneath the looming shadow of a possible national loan default, was passed by a vote of 269-141. 

From the vote, it was clear that the deal was not ammenable to many house Democrats.

From the HuffPost:

House Democrats were furious, with some members calling the bill a "Satan sandwich" and most of the Congressional Progressive Caucus vowing to vote against it. In the end, however, 95 Democrats voted to support the bill, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who is recovering from a gun shot wound.

Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), who represents Highland Park, Mount Washington Eagle Rock and Echo Park in the 31st U.S. Congressional district, was one democrat who refused to take a bite of the so-called "Satan sandwich."

Becerra, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, said the following in an official release distributed after the vote.

“Who in Washington is listening to the American people? This proposal does not speak to the values of America—it is not balanced nor does it ask for shared sacrifice. It does nothing about the main drivers of our deficits: the Bush tax cuts, and the unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it does nothing to fix the biggest deficit holding our economy back: the jobs deficit.
We owe it to those who built this country to protect Medicare and Social Security from being blindsided by future indiscriminate cuts. We owe it to our children—the future leaders of this great nation—to ensure they have every opportunity to a decent education. We owe it to the American people who sent us to Washington to listen to them and to represent their values. They deserve nothing less. That is why today I voted against S. 365”



Carlos A. August 02, 2011 at 04:21 AM
CArlos Alvarez Good Job!! Mr. Becerra, my admiration to you. You makes us proud. You are a true American, those in Washington forgot who are they supost to work for.
Maggie Freed August 02, 2011 at 04:25 AM
I'm proud of you Mr. Becerra, for not caving to the far right-wing, which doesn't represent the majority of our country. The deficit should be dealt with separately, not linked to the raising of the debt ceiling, which was held hostage. The congress needs to be fair and include both revenue and spending cuts.
Alberto August 02, 2011 at 08:15 PM
I'm so glad he stood with reason, not fear. When I heard about the large numbers who voted "aye" for the bill I feared he'd been pulled in; I am relieved and proud that he did not. Good work, Congressman Becerra!
Allen Hyman August 03, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Rivers of ink, millions of words and limited analysis. Republicans claim inefficiency, that Social Security, and Medicare should be limited. They do not acknowledge the trillion dollar cost of the Iraq war (let alone the lives lost and those wounded), with projects (initially $450 million for a U.S. Embassy), (six billion in $100 bills sent to Iraq in six aircraft which disappeared), in a war which (as this former combat officer in Viet Nam, suggests) was improperly commenced. The Democrats, seek protection of SS though SS is paid to all beyond a certain age independent of their income or wealth(Warren Buffet included). Government construction programs, use only union labor, $75.00 per hour (it cost $1 billion to widen four miles of the 405 freeway (the junior college $5 billion construction debacle). There is always tension between efficiency, and equity. One fears that the inefficient administration of equitable programs, will never provide growing equity, and that increased support provides mostly increased income for those who administer. On the efficiency side take banking, presently making large profits; banks borrow at ½% and loan at %6 to 15%. Yet we cannot open a bank in Echo Park. The Controller of the Currency will only provide a charter if there is “...a need...” Wells Fargo can open 15 branches. We cannot obtain a bank charter to compete and offer more loans in that there is “no need.”
Mary Rose O'Leary August 03, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Wow, I am so proud that you're our representative, Congressman Becerra! If more Democratic members of Congress had your guts and principles, we'd live in a more equitable society and would be the stronger for it. Keep fighting the good fight! Many thanks.


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