Debt ceiling vote: Early test of courage for Kansas Representatives Huelskamp, Pompeo, Yoder, and Senator Moran

A good article by The Wall Street Journal.  Future US House Speaker John Boehner will be pressuring all Republicans to support raising the federal debt ceiling above its current — and staggering — $14.3 trillion level.  I feel good about how Reps-elect Tim Huelskamp and Mike Pompeo will, but I’m unsure about the rest of Kansas’ delegation to Washington.

But some of the incoming Republicans, such as Rep.-elect Tim Scott of South Carolina, a rising party star, have made it clear they wouldn’t support raising the debt limit because of their concern about federal spending.

“The vote will garner a lot of attention and provoke a lot of pain and anxiety, but there are consequences to all votes,” Mr. Scott said. “The question is, when are we going to stop the way we are going? I think we have to stop it now.”

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R., Wyo.), who co-chairs the presidential deficit commission, predicted the fight to raise the debt limit would be brutal. “There will be hair and eyeballs all over the floor,” he said.


Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookTwitterLinkedInThe Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas.  He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011.  His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRAKansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).


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