This was a critical vote, and I think it's important to remember who voted how and hold those who voted for this debacle accountable. I realize also that many if not all of the Democrats who voted against it, did so because they wanted a *worse* measure, so whether they should get any credit for those "no" votes is debatable.
Anyway, here are the vote numbers, as reported at http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439x1643078, reporting from C-SPAN:
Final Senate vote on S365 (Debt Ceiling bill) --74 to 26
28 19 Republican
45 _6 Democratic
_1 _1 Independent
74 26 Totals
CSPAN spoken announcement, Tuesday August 2nd at 1:06 pm
Final House vote on S365 (Debt Ceiling bill)--269 to 161
174 66 Republican
95 95 Democratic
269 161 Totals
C-SPAN screen table, Monday August 1st at 7:07 pm
This page lists how each House member voted (or didn't vote), by state and party:
And here is how the members of the California delegation voted:
And this page lists how each Senate member voted, by state and party (both California Senators, Feinstein and Boxer, voted yes):
Finally, below is the Libertarian Party's press release on this vote, which not only takes the correct position, but points out that Libertarians predicted this sell-out.
Love & Liberty,
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View this message at LP.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2011
Contact: Wes Benedict, Executive Director
Phone: 202-333-0008 ext. 222
Libertarians predicted Tea Party betrayal in January
WASHINGTON - On January 17, 2011, the Libertarian Party (LP) asked the 90,000 readers of its weekly email message to take a poll asking, "When will we know that Republicans successfully fooled the Tea Partiers?"
59% of respondents chose the option, "When they raise the debt limit without real spending cuts."
View the poll results here.
Chris Edwards of the libertarian Cato Institute recently pointed out that today's bipartisan debt deal, known as the Budget Control Act of 2011, does not cut government spending.
LP Executive Director Wes Benedict commented, "Libertarians apparently predict congressional deceit well. We knew this was coming long before it happened."
LP Chair Mark Hinkle added, "This debt deal only does one substantive thing: it raises the debt limit. Everything else is smoke and mirrors."
Hinkle continued, "I hope that in the future, those Tea Partiers who really want to see large cuts in government spending across the board will stop fighting their own interests by supporting Republicans. I hope they will support the Libertarian Party and Libertarian candidates instead."
For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.
The LP is America's third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.
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