Senate to take up debt ceiling immediately after Obama jobs speech
September 8th, 2011
05:33 PM ET
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Senate to take up debt ceiling immediately after Obama jobs speech

Washington (CNN) - Immediately following President Barack Obama's jobs speech to Congress Thursday night, senators are scheduled to return to their chamber to vote to begin debate on a measure disapproving of raising the debt ceiling while effectively continuing the process of increasing it.

So, yes, it's likely they will be supporting the disapproval of something as part of the process of actually making it happen.

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That's because the resolution is part of the hard-fought debt-ceiling agreement hammered out in August that, in the end, will raise the nation's debt limit by $500 billion.

Specifically, senators will vote Thursday on whether to begin debating a "resolution of disapproval" of that debt ceiling increase. As part of last month's broad debt-ceiling agreement, lawmakers reserved themselves the right to vote against the politically unpopular raising of the debt-ceiling as part the mechanism for actually lifting it.

The idea was the brainchild of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who wanted to find a way to avoid default while allowing members to express their opposition to more federal debt.

Under the convoluted procedure, if senators vote Thursday to begin debate on the measure, there will be ten hours of debate and a final vote sometime Friday. If at that point the resolution of disapproval passes, President Obama would have to veto it. Congress then would vote to override that veto, which is highly unlikely to succeed. At that point, the debt ceiling would go up.

However, if the Senate doesn't vote Thursday in favor of taking up the resolution of disapproval, the debt ceiling would automatically be increased.

Senate leadership aides from both parties said the outcome of the vote is uncertain.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Senate
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "The idea was the brainchild of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who wanted to find a way to avoid default while allowing members to express their opposition to more federal debt."

    The idea was the brainchild of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who wanted to find a way to avoid default while allowing the GOP, which controls the House and therefore the apropriations process and is the location from whence all such bills must originate, to pretend like they weren't the party responsible for raising the debt ceiling and engage in a disingenuous misinformation campaign blaming it all on Obama and the Dems.

    September 8, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Will Vitter will not be there, or does the diaper dandy have a date with some women to watch the football game. As a republican, he gets paid for doing nothing.

    September 8, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Let's be clear, McConnell proposed these procedures while the GOP held everythign hostage because of two things:

    1. The GOP controlled the House and was in charge of and responsible for raising the debt ceiling, which in fact needed to be raised to cover PRIOR spending that GOP congresses had legislated MUST take place (the president doesn't get to say no); and

    2. The GOP needed a political excuse...a way to shirk their responsibility, claim "we didn't do it," and then blame it all on Obama and the Dems as if the need to raise the debt ceiling was not largely the result of prior GOP policies and that not raising the debt ceiling was actually a legitimate possibility, whcih everyone knows it really isn't and has learned the hard way after watching the GOP's brinksmanship cause a credit rating downgrade.

    Pretty simple. The price the GOP extracted for raising the debt ceiling = the ability to play political games with it by lying and disseminating misinformation.

    September 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Lisa P

    This whole maneuver is so stupid. Politicians trying to have it both ways and to avoid responsibility for their actions or the consequences of their beliefs. Self-righteous Tea Partiers, take note: you are just as scummy as everyone else. Now why don't you go blame Obama instead of getting anything done?

    September 8, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Brave New World double speak right out of a Huxley or Orwell novel. It is just another GOP/Tea Party "fool the public" tactic from their propoganda playbook.

    September 8, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. RINO Bil

    And we're playing these clowns to do this crap!? What a waste! I mean it is actually even more stupid than it sounds. I want my contribution to their salaries back.

    September 8, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    "Pretty simple. The price the GOP extracted for raising the debt ceiling = the ability to play political games with it by lying and disseminating misinformation."

    Who needs airplanes flying into buildings when you have the GOP?

    September 8, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |