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05 February 2010

How They Voted: Raising The National Debt By $1.9 Trillion

Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to raise the national debt to $1.9 trillion [Associated Press (2010-2-4). House Allows Debt to Rise $1.9 Trillion. New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-2-5.]. After the vote, Georgia Republican Lynn Westmoreland issued the following statement to the press:

“We Georgians know that our state got its start as a British debtors’ colony. We’ve come a long way since then, but it seems we’re going to return to our roots with a national government that has refused to make hard decisions. President Obama and leaders in the Democratic Congress have given a lot of lip service lately to fiscal responsibility and righting the ship, and all that makes for great sound bites. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen those pretty words followed up with policies that would begin to dig us out of this hole. In fact, today, the House dug the hole significantly deeper, so that the Democratic Congress can continue to allow domestic spending to explode.

“God forbid that we should have to respond to another national tragedy such as Sept. 11. We have gotten so far out on a limb that we’re in danger of not being able to borrow money when our security is on the line.”

Here's how Georgia's congressional delegation voted on raising the national debt:

Yea
Nay
Present
Did Not Vote
John Barrow
X
Sanford Bishop
X
Nathan Deal
X
Phil Gingrey
X
Hank Johnson
X
Jack Kingston
X
John Lewis
X
John Linder
X
Jim Marshall
X
Paul Broun
X
Tom Price
X
David Scott
X
Lynn Westmoreland
X