Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2017

Moran votes no on raising debt limit

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Ks., questions Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the fiscal 2018 federal budget. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Ks., questions Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the fiscal 2018 federal budget. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

September 7, 2017


The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to raise the nation's debt ceiling beyond its current $20 trillion limit, but Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, was among the 17 senators who voted against the measure.

“For many years now, Washington, D.C. has abdicated its responsibility to rein in our soaring national debt, instead repeatedly voting on short-term fixes and increasing the debt limit without making substantive, serious changes to the way Washington spends money," Moran said in a statement issued after the vote.

"This pattern is a threat to our economic health, job creation and the ability of the next generation of Americans to pursue bright futures," he said. "To couple this kind of short-sighted punt with disaster relief funding is Washington at its worst."

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, also a Republican, voted in favor of the measure, which passed by a vote of 80-17.

The bill now heads back to the House, which is expected to act quickly. Second District Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Topeka Republican whose district includes Lawrence, has also expressed skepticism about raising the debt limit without spending reform.

The debt ceiling measure was required in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its current debt. The measure was coupled with a bill that continues funding the federal government through Dec. 8, preventing a partial shutdown on Oct. 1 and providing just more than $15 billion in disaster relief.

All three of those measures ranked high on Congress’ priority list as the House and Senate came back into session this week following their August recess. The bundling of those issues was the result of a deal President Donald Trump struck Wednesday with congressional Democrats, a deal that reportedly shocked many Republicans.

Oct. 1 marks the start of a new federal fiscal year, and Congress still needs to pass spending bills to fund federal agencies. Later in October, though, the nation was expected to hit its current debt limit of $20 trillion, and many experts have said failure to raise the debt ceiling would have brought on far more serious consequences.

In one widely quoted report in August, Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at S&P; Global Rating, said failure to raise the debt limit would have a bigger impact than the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, an event that helped plunge the country into the Great Recession.

The size of the disaster relief package was roughly double what the Trump administration had initially asked for in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which battered Houston and the Gulf Coast of Texas last week. But it also includes money to beef up the Federal Emergency Management Agency as it prepares to deal with an even larger storm, Hurricane Irma, which is currently in the Caribbean and headed toward Florida.

“I support providing relief for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated many parts of Texas, and to providing financial resources as millions of Americans in the Southeast prepare for Hurricane Irma," Moran said in his statement.

"It is unfortunate that we were unable to demonstrate our support for the suffering Americans on our Gulf Coast due to the addition of the continuing resolution and approaching debt limit,” he said.


Steve Jacob 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I am all for lowering the deficit. It will hurt future generations. But defaulting is not the way to do it. I will give Trump credit (for once) for getting this done. He, nor I, have no trust in the Republicans in Congress, especially the Freedom Caucus, and defaulting and a government shutdown was a real possibility. Dems got what they wanted and Trump can tell the world how he reached across the isle and got a deal done. .

Calvin Anders 7 months, 2 weeks ago

The debt ceiling is an idiotic construct and any standoff concerning the debt ceiling is the lowest form of political theater. It's debt. Congress can't control spending by refusing to fund our financial obligations. The fact that the media even covers debate about this issue is pretty good evidence that they are too stupid or too lazy to figure out the difference between actual and manufactured news.

MerriAnnie Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Amen. Perfectly stated. Having a debt ceiling at all is relying on a stupid idea that we may just not pay our bills if we don't want to.

Bob Summers 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I won't know what to think about this until Heckler posts one of his rants about the Koch's, or ALEC's role in this debt caper.

Greg Cooper 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Snarky, Bob, but funny. With all respect to Richard, by the way.

P Allen Macfarlane 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Good, at least we are all spared for the moment the tripe you usually provide.

Greg Cooper 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Heard the senator from Michigan this morning opining that the debt ceiling should automatically adjust as the economy dictates. He made a pretty good case for that. What's everyone think?

MerriAnnie Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

So, Moran voted not to give aide to any of the hurricane victims in Houston or Florida. That's not terribly surprising. He's a Republican. He only wants help when it's him who needs help.

MerriAnnie Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

What is it with LJ that often when you type a comment and click POST COMMENT they totally delete the comment rather than posting it? That has happened 3 times in a week to me. No bad words. Nothing illegal. Just giving my opinion.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Every few months they have to go through the same agony. To raise or not to raise. They always end up raising it, so why have it? And there is a lot of drama and time wasted on it. Why not just keep an eye on spending. Try and find the real pork, and conservatives are just as guilty of this, so don't point fingers at Democrats only. And don't lower taxes if we can't afford to. Yes, get rid of deductions that don't make sense, and only make the rich more rich. What a waste of time and money.And get rid of subsidizing already filthy rich industries. It doesn't make sense.

The choices are raise the debt ceiling or leave the victims of these hurricanes and fires on their own. No one can foresee these disasters. We cannot let our fellow Americans suffer.

Bob Summers 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks. What about the Koch's? What is their role in the debt caper?

Richard Heckler 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Our entire RINO Kansas delegation are the among the ALEC soldiers in Washington DC.

RINO's like Pres Trump and our Kansas delegation speak ON BEHALF of the ALEC Anti American Dark Money Trail = ALEC RINO Conservatives and Immoral Minority Reckless Spending

According to radio news Radical Libertarians teamed up with the greedy Immoral Minority 37 years ago. Yet Libertarians and the Immoral Minority run on the GOP name = how deceptive. Lying 24/7 like true sinners.


This ongoing support for RINO AND IMMORAL MINORITY conservatives ARE the spenders of large amounts of special interest money is mind numbing. There is no reason for any such activity.

37 years of voting ALEC RINO conservative AND IMMORAL MINORITY candidates posing as republicans into office has provided what?

--- War against Medical Insurance and Single Payer

--- War on public education

--- War against women

--- War on Voters Rights

--- War On Good Wages aka Right To Work Legislation

--- War On USA Jobs aka Free Trade Agreements and Leveraged Buyout Scams

--- War On Social Security Insurance

--- War On Medicaid

--- War On Medicare

--- War for Oil Control Worldwide

Bill Moyers on the Secretive Corporate-Legislative Body Writing Our Laws

=== Pay close attention to this 24/7 organized activity:

--- How the Koch brothers helped dismantle the Democratic Party

Bob Summers 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh. Here is the Koch's role.

Thanks for your wisdom and complex critically thought out Liberal insight.

MerriAnnie Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

To say someone is ignorant isn't really an insult. It just means they don't know something. All of us "don't know something" about some things, so we're all guilty of being ignorant about some things.

This is your ignorance talking in your post I'm replying to. Maybe do some research with an open mind to the truth?

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