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Bruce Braley is Part of Washington’s Spending Problem

Via NRSC: Senator Harry Reid and Co-Leader Chuck Schumer are considering a vote on legislation to blindly increase the federal debt limit without any spending reforms or cuts to begin to alleviate the massive debt burden Washington has created.  Bruce Braley has been a big spender throughout his time in Washington. In fact, when Bruce Braley was sworn into office in 2007, the national debt was $8.7 trillion. Today our debt is an eye-popping $16.7 trillion.

In 2006, then Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling when our national debt was only $8.3 trillion as opposed to the $16.7 trillion it is today.  At the time, Obama said,“Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.”

Our national debt has doubled during Bruce Braley’s time in Washington.  His only answer has been to spend even more taxpayer money.  According to a new CBS poll, fully three-quarters of Americans are opposed to raising the debt limit without conditions.

BACKGROUND

Congressman Bruce Braley

Braley Has Voted To Increase The Debt Ceiling At Least Six Times. (H.R. 325, CQ Vote #30: Passed 285-144: R 199-33; D 86-111, 1/23/13, Braley Voted Yea; H. J. Res. 45, CQ Vote #46: Adopted 217-212: R 0-175; D 217-37, 2/4/10, Braley Voted Yea; H.R. 4314, CQ Vote #988: Passed 218-214: R 0-175; D 218-39, 12/16/09, Braley Voted Yea; H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Braley Voted Yea; H.R. 1424, CQ Vote #681: Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill for the president) 263-171: R 91-108; D 172-63, 10/3/08, Braley Voted Yea; H.R. 3221, CQ Vote #519: Adopted 272-152: R 45-149; D 227-3, 7/23/08, Braley Voted Yea)

Braley Voted Against Increasing The Debt Ceiling. (S. 365, CQ Vote #690: Passed 269-161: R 174-66; D 95-95, 8/1/11, Braley Voted Nay)

In 2011, Braley Requested An Alternative To Raising The Debt Ceiling:

In February 2011, Braley Sent A Letter To President Obama And Speaker Boehner Asking Them To Provide A Plant To Avoid Raising The Debt Ceiling. “Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner asking them to provide a plan to avoid raising the debt ceiling. Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner has stated that the U.S. will reach its debt limit sometime in April or May – and Speaker Boehner has indicated that the House will take a vote on raising the debt limit soon.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, “Braley Calls on President, Speaker to Provide Plan for Lowering Debt,” Press Release, 2/9/11)

  • BRALEY: “Our National Debt Is Around 14 Trillion Dollars And Growing. That’s Unacceptable.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, “Braley Calls on President, Speaker to Provide Plan for Lowering Debt,” Press Release, 2/9/11)
  • Braley Said The Choice Between Raising The Debt Ceiling Or Shutting Down The Government Was “A False Choice.” “‘Voters across the country spoke loud and clear last November – they want us to get spending under control. The President and Speaker are giving Congress and the American people a false choice – vote to raise the debt ceiling or vote to shut down the government.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, “Braley Calls on President, Speaker to Provide Plan for Lowering Debt,” Press Release, 2/9/11)
  • Braley Said The Was “A Better Way” That Included Putting Forward “A Common Sense, Middle-Of-The-Road Plan To Bring Down Our Debt And Avoid Having To Make This False Choice In April Or May.” “I know there’s a better way. We must put forward a common sense, middle-of-the-road plan to bring down our debt and avoid having to make this false choice in April or May. That’s why I hope the President and Speaker Boehner will propose a plan to avoid this scenario.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, “Braley Calls on President, Speaker to Provide Plan for Lowering Debt,” Press Release, 2/9/11)
  • BRALEY: “But I Cannot Accept A Situation Where We Kick The Can Further Down The Road. If We Don’t Stop Borrowing And Spending Now, When Will We?” (Rep. Bruce Braley, “Braley Calls on President, Speaker to Provide Plan for Lowering Debt,” Press Release, 2/9/11)
  • BRALEY: “Now, I Want To Hear Their Plan For Cutting Government Spending In A Way That Doesn’t Force Us To Raise The Debt Ceiling Once Again.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, “Braley Calls on President, Speaker to Provide Plan for Lowering Debt,” Press Release, 2/9/11)

In May 2011, Braley Said He Was “Reluctant To Raise The Debt Ceiling When We Have No Fiscally Responsible Plan To Address Our National Debt.” “I’m reluctant to raise the debt ceiling when we have no fiscally responsible plan to address our national debt. The American people have spoken loudly and clearly – they want us to take immediate action to rein in spending and find new revenues to get our deficit under control. Congress must develop a fiscally responsible plan that makes tough choices and reduces our debt.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, “Braley Statement On Today’s Debt Ceiling Limit Vote,” Press Release, 5/31/11)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

In 2006, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Voted Against The Senate Resolution to Increase The Debt Ceiling. (H.J. Res 47: Adopted 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-44; I 0-1, 3/16/06, Reid Voted Nay)

Reid Said “Under The Circumstances, Any Credible Economist Would Tell You We Should Be Reducing Debt, Not Increasing It.” SEN. HARRY REID: “After all, I repeat, the baby boomers are about to retire. Under the circumstances, any credible economist would tell you we should be reducing debt, not increasing it.” (Sen. Harry Reid, Congressional Record, 3/16/06, p. S2235)

In 2003, Sen. Reid Voted Against Raising The Debt Limit. ( H.J. Res. 51, Roll Call Vote 202 , Adopted 53-44: R 50-2; D 1-43; I 1-0; 5/23/03; Reid Voted Nay)

President Barack Obama

In 2007, Sen. Obama Did Not Vote During The Vote To Raise The Debt Limit. ( H.J. Res. 43, Roll Call Vote 534 , Adopted 53-42: R 26-20; D 26-21; I 1-1; Obama Not Voting)

In 2006, Then-Sen. Obama Voted Against The Senate Resolution to Increase The Debt Ceiling. (H.J. Res 47: Adopted 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-44; I 0-1, 3/16/06, Obama Voted Nay)

  • Gross Federal Debt At The Time Was Just $8.3 Trillion, Compared To $16.7 Trillion Today. (“The Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” U.S. Treasury, Accessed 10/4/13)

Then-Sen. Obama Said “The Fact That We Are Here Today To Debate Raising America’s Debt Limit Is A Sign Of Leadership Failure.” SEN. BARACK OBAMA: “Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is ‘trillion’ with a ‘T.’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record, 3/16/06, p. S2237)

  • Obama Said “Interest Payments Are A Significant Tax On All Americans-A Debt Tax That Washington Doesn’t Want To Talk About.” SEN. BARACK OBAMA: “And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans-a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record, 3/16/06, p. S2237)
  • Obama Concluded By Saying “America Has A Debt Problem And A Failure Of Leadership. Americans Deserve Better. I Therefore Intend To Oppose The Effort To Increase America’s Debt Limit.” SEN. BARACK OBAMA: “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record, 3/16/06, p. S2237)

In 2006, Then-Sen. Obama Decried The Vote To Increase The Debt Limit As “A Sad State Of Affairs.” OBAMA: “We are voting on the budget today. It’s a sad state of affairs. We just voted to increase the debt limit. The U.S. total debt at this point exceeds $8 trillion. That’s 8 trillion with a ‘T.’ So we’ve got to get our fiscal house in order here in Washington. I’m not sure it’s going to happen under the current leadership in Congress.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks On 21st Century Schools, Washington, DC, 3/16/06)


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