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GOP Must Leverage Debt Ceiling Vote


Do you ever ask yourself, “When will Republicans man-up and force their liberal counterparts in Congress to compromise toward limited government?”

I know I do.

If we’re being honest, conservatives cringe when they hear the word “bipartisanship” because a) It usually involves John McCain and b) Republicans end up caving to liberal demands, not vice versa.

But now we’re at a moment where all that can change.  There are two votes that must take place in the next few months that Republicans can use to force genuine cuts to government spending.  They address extending the “continuing resolution” and whether or not to raise the “debt ceiling”.

“Those pieces of legislation are getting all the way to the finish line, and so that’s why [we] have the leverage,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio) in the second part in an interview with HUMAN EVENTS.

(Watch the interview below.)

“Real, dramatic cuts have to be a part of any debt ceiling vote that takes place.  That’s what the American people demanded,” he added.

Jordan heads the Republican Study Committee and has offered a framework of cutbacks in his Spending Reduction Act of 2011 that would save 2.5 trillion over 10 years, but would only shed $100 billion this year.

“That’s one-thirteenth of the deficit.  We’ve a $1.3 trillion deficit, that’s just one-thirteenth.  So we have got to be focused on as much spending cuts as we can do because the situation is just that serious.”

Keep in mind that it is Obama, not the Republicans, who would be responsible for “default” or a “shutdown” if the Republicans attach a significant spending freeze and reduction amendment to a debt ceiling bill or continuing resolution, and Obama vetoed it.

Republicans control the House and made significant gains in the Senate in the midterms. Therefore, Democrats should cave in to their demands.