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Freshman GOP senator vows to filibuster debt-ceiling increase
The Hill ^ | January 27, 2011 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 01/27/2011 10:47:59 AM PST by jazusamo

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a founding member of the Senate's Tea Party Caucus, has pledged to filibuster legislation to increase the debt ceiling.

Lee said a filibuster could be averted only if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) reach an agreement to pass a balanced-budget amendment through the Senate.

"I'm against raising the debt ceiling and so I'm resisting it," Lee said after the inaugural meeting of the Senate Tea Party Caucus in the Hart building on Thursday morning.

"The only scenario in which I can imagine not using the filibuster is if the leadership of both parties agree that as a condition of that they would first pass out a balanced-budget amendment."

A senior Senate Republican aide said unless Congress votes to increase the debt limit by $2 trillion next month, Congress may have to vote two more times this year to increase the federal government's authority to borrow.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has also said he will oppose legislation to raise the debt limit unless the Senate first passes a balanced-budget amendment. Passage of the amendment would need support from two-thirds of the Senate.

Such an amendment, which would require the federal government to balance its books annually, would not take effect for several years in order to give states time to ratify the amendment.

Senate aides say they expect a balanced-budget amendment could pass the House. It failed to pass the Senate by a single vote in the past.

Senate GOP aides say a promise from leaders to merely allow a vote on the balanced budget amendment would not be sufficient to win over conservatives such as DeMint and Lee.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: debtceiling; demint; lee
Good for Mike Lee and Jim DeMint.
1 posted on 01/27/2011 10:48:02 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Every effort to stop this out of control socialist train is much appreciated. Good job Mr. Lee / Mr. DeMint.


2 posted on 01/27/2011 10:50:39 AM PST by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: jazusamo

The GOP is to busy sitting with the enemy holding hands and singing kum by ya, you go Mike!


3 posted on 01/27/2011 10:50:39 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V.........................................FOR VOMIT)
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To: jazusamo

Except there is no filibuster (or filibuster rule) in the House, and hasn’t been since the 19th century. Only in the Senate. Really is a freshman, isn’t he?


4 posted on 01/27/2011 10:51:10 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: jazusamo
WTF a filibuster on legislation to increase the debt ceiling.

Get er done ASAP.

5 posted on 01/27/2011 10:51:56 AM PST by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: jazusamo

I hope there are no exceptions, including war or a declared emergency. We have dozens of “wars” and “emergencies” declared all the time.


6 posted on 01/27/2011 10:52:07 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: La Lydia

Never mind. Why did I think he was in the House?


7 posted on 01/27/2011 10:52:21 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Mike Lee is a Senator


8 posted on 01/27/2011 10:53:27 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: La Lydia

He’s going to walk on over there and filibuster that house!


9 posted on 01/27/2011 10:54:17 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: La Lydia
Yes...

"I'm against raising the debt ceiling and so I'm resisting it," Lee said after the inaugural meeting of the Senate Tea Party Caucus in the Hart building on Thursday morning.

10 posted on 01/27/2011 10:54:26 AM PST by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: jazusamo

As long as he does it “with civility”, the MSM should have nothing to complain about.


11 posted on 01/27/2011 10:55:47 AM PST by almcbean
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To: GeronL

See number 7. Duh. I am getting my Lees confused.


12 posted on 01/27/2011 10:56:24 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: jazusamo

Where would Senator Lee cut $1.5 trillion from this year’s budget? Not $1.5 trillion over X number of years, but $1.5 trillion from this years expenditures. I would be interested in hearing his proposal.


13 posted on 01/27/2011 10:57:36 AM PST by K-Stater
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To: jazusamo

I really really really want the government to shut down. If for no other reason than pure entertainment. we are heading into sweeps month after all.


14 posted on 01/27/2011 10:58:06 AM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: La Lydia

Mike Lee is in the Senate.


15 posted on 01/27/2011 10:58:28 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: jazusamo

Yep. Slow down this train to hell until we can actually throw things in reverse.


16 posted on 01/27/2011 10:59:13 AM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: almcbean

Nah, if he does it “with civility” the enemedia will just say he’s a civil partisan instead of a radical one. :)


17 posted on 01/27/2011 11:00:13 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: La Lydia

Not to be confused with Sheila Jackson Lee


18 posted on 01/27/2011 11:01:11 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: GeronL

Now you are being mean to poor, lil ol’ me.


19 posted on 01/27/2011 11:02:38 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

lol.

Sorry. :p


20 posted on 01/27/2011 11:03:30 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: GeronL
Not to be confused with Sheila Jackson Lee

LOL! No one can be confused with that brainless member of the House, Cynthia's gone. :-)

21 posted on 01/27/2011 11:04:55 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

My, oh my. After the inaugural meeting of the TP Caucus. Well, we certainly don’t want those politicians taking over this grassroots movement as Rubio noted.

So far, DeMint Paul and Lee are the only three I’ve seen make serious noise in the Senate about attacking this deficit in a meaningful fashion...and all three are so far the founding and only members of the TP Caucus.


22 posted on 01/27/2011 11:05:48 AM PST by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: K-Stater

Agreed.

Unfortunately, I think it’s unrealistic to think that the country can go cold turkey on government spending in just one year.


23 posted on 01/27/2011 11:05:48 AM PST by Domalais
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To: jazusamo

Yeah, but I still rankle at the “unless”. The answer should be no, hell no, not under any circumstances, hunh-uh.

We need to live within our means. Period.

Colonel, USAFR


24 posted on 01/27/2011 11:07:20 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: jazusamo

The Mothership knows exactly where she is at all times.


25 posted on 01/27/2011 11:08:53 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: b4its2late

Why has the Treasury and Fed gone to the effort of issuing debt in the first place? Why not just print up the cash?

My fear is that one way they will handle a filibusterer on debt would be to directly devalue the dollar and issue a new series of currency. Kind of like a preferred stock offering.
The old debt would simply be paid off with new currency.


26 posted on 01/27/2011 11:09:04 AM PST by updatedscreenname
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To: bereanway

I sure hope some others will join in, they’re looking out for our nation.


27 posted on 01/27/2011 11:09:14 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: updatedscreenname

True.


28 posted on 01/27/2011 11:11:12 AM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: jazusamo

Yeah !


29 posted on 01/27/2011 11:11:33 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: jazusamo; IMissPresidentReagan; CourtneyLeigh; Just Kimberly; Knuckrider; MBohman; ...
A Kentucky Ping.

...for those interested. :D
Let's hope Rand, works to make us proud..and here's some great graphs.



30 posted on 01/27/2011 11:24:38 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Imam Zer0: "Don't retire or get sick, just die! ...& remember pay all my fees / taxes" :)
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To: skinkinthegrass

hopefully his Libertarian streak wont get in the way of conservatives supporting his stand...hopefully Rand Paul will not waiver in his efforts...


31 posted on 01/27/2011 11:29:07 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Thanks for the graphs, they’re a real eye opener for those that don’t realize what’s been taking place.


32 posted on 01/27/2011 11:29:58 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Oh my, a set of gonads in the Senate with an (R) attached, its about time.

Gitt’r done!!


33 posted on 01/27/2011 11:30:44 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Gilbo_3
...hope? *snicker*
he better.

34 posted on 01/27/2011 11:31:58 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Imam Zer0: "Don't retire or get sick, just die! ...& remember pay all my fees / taxes" :)
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To: jazusamo
*grinnig*
i thougth, its was a good time (SOTU show) to bump 'em again.

35 posted on 01/27/2011 11:37:47 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Imam Zer0: "Don't retire or get sick, just die! ...& remember pay all my fees / taxes" :)
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To: b4its2late

Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We’re going the wrong way!


36 posted on 01/27/2011 11:49:26 AM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: bereanway; All

I just read that another joined the Caucus, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/48302.html


37 posted on 01/27/2011 12:05:53 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: skinkinthegrass
i guess Im 'hoping' that he isnt marginalized by *conservatives* the way pops constantly is belittled...

the lone voice in the wilderness is a start, but needs support, and or pitchforks...

am i still allowed to say 'pitchforks' ???

38 posted on 01/27/2011 12:32:23 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Nice Charts...


39 posted on 01/27/2011 12:48:12 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: jazusamo

That’s a little surprising as Moran beat Tiahart in the primary who was considered to be more conservative (if only marginally). But that’s great as it means that Moran is serious about getting things under control. Toomey was at the little meet and greet as well even though he hasn’t joined yet.

The more the merrier.


40 posted on 01/27/2011 1:16:58 PM PST by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: bereanway

Amen!


41 posted on 01/27/2011 1:55:20 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: K-Stater

If the debt ceiling is not raised and Congress does not cut enough from the budget in one year to not exceed the debt ceiling, what happens?

The debt ceiling is just a number. If the debt goes beyond the debt ceiling, wouldn’t this be a good way to force Congress to find enough REAL future cuts to force the debt to be lowered back under the debt ceiling over time?

I don’t understand why the debt would have to be made to be less than the ceiling all at once in one year. What am I missing?


42 posted on 01/27/2011 3:07:27 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (We be Fooked.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
The debt ceiling is just a number. If the debt goes beyond the debt ceiling, wouldn’t this be a good way to force Congress to find enough REAL future cuts to force the debt to be lowered back under the debt ceiling over time?

Yeah, but it would also require making tough choices. Cutting $1.5 trillion from the budget as the Senator's amendment would require Congress to do would require defunding most discretionary spending, gutting that which isn't eliminated, and taking huge cuts in Social Security and other entitlements. I don't see Congress doing that.

43 posted on 01/27/2011 3:26:45 PM PST by K-Stater
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