10 Sep '11, 5am

Lost In the Shuffle, The Debt Limit Vote | Care2 Causes

Lost In the Shuffle, The Debt Limit Vote | Care2 Causes

Last night President Obama presented his jobs plan, but what many glossed over was all the Republicans who had pledged not to show up for the speech. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a bold move to schedule a vote right after the president finished in order to force more Republicans to attend. And for the most part, it worked. The senate voted 52 to 45 to pass a $500 billion increase on the debt limit, a vote that was a procedural component of the first debt ceiling “compromise.” Republicans were to get a chance to publicly register their disapproval for raising the debt ceiling at all, a purely symbolic move due to the fact that if Republicans blocked the raise the President would have simply vetoed and raised the limit anyway. Still, it gave Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska yet another chance to vote against the rest of the party, something he will need if...

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