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GOP congressional delegation votes for debt ceiling bill

The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed Speaker McCarthy’s debt ceiling bill by two votes Wednesday, 217-215.

Every member of the state’s Republican congressional delegation voted in favor of the “Limit, Save, and Grow Act of 2023,” which would raise the debt ceiling and also cut future spending.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) presided over the House floor when the legislation passed.

“This legislation will save taxpayers trillions of dollars and bring back fiscal responsibility,” Rogers said.

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) called on President Biden to now negotiate with Republicans on the issue of the debt ceiling.

“Democrats are so addicted to government spending they are willing to risk defaulting on our debt instead of budgeting like every American family has to do,” Palmer said in a statement. “Simply put, the government should spend within its means. One way to do that is to make sure abled bodied adults, without dependents, are working and providing for themselves. We must also harvest the energy resources and rare earth minerals we have in the United States, instead of depending on China to prop up President Biden’s dangerous rush to unreliable green energy.”

“Today, we provided solutions to a real debt problem. This is the only viable plan on the table. The President has not offered any plan and raising the debt limit without a plan to reduce spending is not a solution I can support. The people expect the President to negotiate.”

U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) said he was proud to join his Republican colleagues in voting for this bill.

“This bill limits federal spending, reclaims unspent COVID money, reduces the federal regulatory state, and promotes pro-growth energy and economic policies,” Strong said on Twitter. “Republicans are at the table to address our nation’s fiscal crisis with a plan that saves $4.8 trillion while protecting America’s men and women in uniform. I am proud to join my colleagues in supporting the Limit, Save, Grow Act and call on President Biden to stop playing politics and to come to the table immediately.”

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) pushed back against claims that this spending bill would hurt the American economy.

“Biden and the Democrats are spending us into bankruptcy to fund their bloated bureaucracy and acting like cutting spending will bring on the apocalypse,” Moore said in a statement. “The truth is, the Limit, Save, Grow Act saves us $4.8 trillion over 10 years, and if we don’t do something to begin tackling our $31 trillion national debt, which mostly belongs to China, the livelihoods of our children and grandchildren are at risk.”

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) pointed out the benefits of Speaker McCarthy’s plan.

“Make no mistake, President Biden and House Democrats wasted ridiculous amounts of money in 2021 and 2022,” Carl said, “but House Republicans are committed to stopping this runaway train in its tracks and being responsible with every single penny of your money.”

“We won’t be able to solve all our problems overnight, but the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023 is the first step to get us pointed in the right direction.”

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said it’s time for a serious discussion on how to cut spending and the national debt.

“We all agree the U.S. must meet its financial obligations,” Aderholt said on Twitter. “But the days of using the taxpayers money as a credit card must end. And increasing the debt ceiling must come with agreements to roll back out of control leftist spending. Today, the House GOP began to do just that.”

Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays 9-11 a.m. on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

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