How Did Your Representative Vote on Debt-Ceiling Bill? Let's Take a Look

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The federal government avoided economic catastrophe today after the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to increase the debt-ceiling yesterday. The bill cleared the Senate this morning, and President Barack Obama signed it into law moments ago.

The vast majority of Arizona's members of Congress, apparently, were no fans of the bi-partisan bill -- only two Arizona House members voted in favor of the bill, which kept the federal government from going into default.

So how did your member of Congress vote on the bill? Find out below:


District 1: Representative Paul Gosar (R) was the lone House Republican who VOTED IN FAVOR of the bill. In a press release, he says he voted for the bill, even though "it was far from perfect."


District 2: Representative Trent Franks (R) voted NO on the bill, noting in a press release that throughout the debate, he "steadfastly insisted that any debt ceiling legislation I would support must require future spending accountability in the form of a Balanced Budget Amendment," despite Senator John McCain's warning that such an amendment was unrealistic given the current makeup of Congress.

District 3: Representative Ben Quayle (R) who gave the following explanation for his NO vote: "Due to the design of the bill's trigger mechanism, I am concerned that President Obama will be able to use the threat of tax hikes and drastic defense cuts to continue to amass record levels of spending."

District 4: Representative Ed Pastor (D) voted NO on the bill. Representative Pastor doesn't have much to say about the bill -- or anything else for that matter.

District 5: Represntative Davod Schweikert (R) voted NO on the bill because "while this deal was well-intended and skillfully negotiated, I cannot in good faith vote for a bill I know does not do enough to bend the curve of our rapidly escalating debt."

District 6: Representative Jeff Flake (R) voted NO on the bill because, he says, I don't think that this deal takes into account the severity of the budget crisis we face. The age-old trick in Washington is to produce a ten-year budget with serious cuts only taking effect in later years. This deal continues that practice. Additionally, the requirement for a balanced budget amendment, which was included in the Boehner bill, was excluded from the final legislation."

District 7: Representative Raul Grijalva (D) voted NO on the bill because "the people who are going to be hurt are small businesses, students, and senior citizens.

District 8: Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D) made her first Congressional vote since getting shot through the brain during the January 8, shootings in Tucson. She is the lone Arizona Democrat who VOTED IN FAVOR of the bill, saying in a press release that "I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what's going on in Washington...After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge...I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics."

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Native Guns
Native Guns

Personally, I'm no fan of that boycott bigot Mr. Grijalva. But I have to wonder if both Grijalva and Ed Pastor fully understands the significant great loss of our U.S. Dollar and its currency, should we head into a default. These AZ Liberal jellyfishes think the default is only limited to affect "senior citizens, students, and small businesses".

Average everyday Americans would've been affected. Anyone that drives and operates a vehicle will be affected. If the U.S. Dollar declines after a default, you will be paying $200/$300 just for a gallon of gas. That's because it's an imported product.

Talk about lying politicians like Grijalva. Thumbs up to both Giffords and Gosar for their yes vote on this one.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Funny, looks like those "jellyfish" are the only Dems that had enough spine to buck the party line. 

Pinkpixey
Pinkpixey

Be for real you $200 TO $300 a gallon...You might need to lay off the Obama kool-aid and go find a job.....

Native Guns
Native Guns

Wow, did you just graduated from 4th grade? You should be shopping for "back to school" items with mommy, because your school will start in 4 weeks..........

Mistalee
Mistalee

Good call by Grijalva. Too bad about all the (R)s  who voted no because they wanted working Americans to be screwed even worse, and all of the spineless (D)s marching in lock step with their corrupt leadership.

Pinkpixey
Pinkpixey

Have you even read the bill??  Are is it you do not understand what you read??

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

What kind of fucking language is that?   " Are is it you do not understand what you read??"   Why don't you tell us what's in the bill genuis?    Just blowing hot chunks of donkey shit, huh? 

Mistalee
Mistalee

I do understand the bill. Which includes automatic Medicare cuts and formation of a "supercommittee" with carte blanche to take a chain saw to Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment, etc.

Have YOU read the bill? Do YOU understand it? 

Jason M.
Jason M.

Can someone remind me what we taxpayers pay these people for? Honestly, throw me a bone here...

Ratchet
Ratchet

Wake up America...   The DC politicians will do what it takes to stay in power.Do you want to be just another country like Greece?  Italy?  Are you watching what entitlements, lavish pensions, "give me" attitudes have created?Where is personal responsiblity?Time for Americans to unite.  Put the career politicians out of business, they need new jobs.  Let them pound the pavement looking for work. The only way to bring jobs back is to change DC and regulations.Bring in the Fair Tax - make the tax code fair for all Americans.All DC wants is to keep like minded Americans on seperate sides of the isles, keep them fighting and they will not see what is really going on.Keep the faith !Come on common sense, bring on the Tea Party !

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

We pay them to be scapegoats for our lack of involvement.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Bullshit.   Congress is in charge of passing a budget and they're in charge of creating all the crap that made this invented crisis.   Scapegoats, god almighty how fucking stupid can you be.   Our lack of involvement?    They get in office, we can't fire them and they don't give a shit what we want.  

Jason M.
Jason M.

But then the politicians go and pull shit like this, waiting until the last minute to pass a debt-ceiling bill, which makes their bosses, the taxpayers, irate.

We should remember those politicians who voted no on this bill and put them on unemployment.

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