House just passed debt bill, thanks to votes of House Democrats




The final tally was 269 – 161. 174 Republicans voted yes, while 66 voted no. 95 Democrats voted yes, while 95 voted no. Three Democrats didn’t vote.

Watching CSPAN, shortly before the vote, I heard Nancy Pelosi say that Republicans were claiming they got 98% of what they wanted in this bill. So, Democrats just gave them a big win. It would not have passed without the votes of Democrats.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to vote for the bill. That set off massive applause in the House.

Over to the Senate where the Senate Democrats can insure this GOP victory.


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