As Congress Looks To Increase Borrowing Limit, Americans Call For Government Cuts


As Congress looks at ways to resolve the ongoing government shutdown, all of which involve raising the amount of money the Federal government is able to borrow, it’s becoming increasingly clear that a majority of average Americans feel that debt increases without government cuts would be bad for the Nation’s economy.

According to a poll out from FOX News on Tuesday, most Americans asked to imagine being lawmakers who would have to vote on a debt ceiling increase said that they would vote “nay” on a measure to raise the government’s borrowing limit. Thirty-seven percent said they would raise the debt ceiling before the Oct. 17 deadline set by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, and 58 percent said they would not.

Not surprisingly, those describing themselves as members of the Tea Party were the most likely to be against a debt ceiling increase (88 percent), followed by Republicans (78 percent) and independents (57 percent).

Fifty-seven percent of Democrats said that they would vote in favor of a debt ceiling increase if in Congress, and 38 percent would vote against a measure to do so.

Overall, 62 percent of people polled said they would be in favor of increasing the debt ceiling only after officials agree to make “major cuts in government spending.”

House Republicans presented a deal Thursday to President Barack Obama that would provide a six-week extension of the Nation’s debt limit, but would not end the government shutdown.

“It is our hope that the president will look at this as an opportunity and a good-faith effort on our part to move halfway, halfway to what he’s demanded in order to have these conversations begin,” House Speaker John Boehner said.

Boehner also said that the President’s response to the Republican deal would determine how long the government shutdown continues.

The bill offered by the GOP would also disallow the Treasury Department to use “extraordinary measures” to increase borrowing after Nov. 22, if a new, more permanent solution has not yet been reached.

“The date in the bill is the real date — no more monkeying around,” one GOP aide told reporters.

Meanwhile, the White House has continued to push a message urging Republican lawmakers to back down and lift the $16.7 trillion debt limit and reopen the government before it will take part in any budget negotiations.

Also this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has touted an effort led by Congressional Democrats to increase the Federal debt limit by an additional $1.1 trillion, while pushing the expiration of the new debt limit to December 2014, after midterm elections.

Republicans have criticized the effort as a non-solution to the Nation’s continuing economic problems.

“The majority leader introduced legislation this week to allow another trillion dollars to be added to the debt with no strings attached. None,” Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said of Reid’s plan. “That’s the majority leader’s plan: just keep raising the credit card limit, and let someone else deal with it later on.”

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  • jerry1944

    reid doesn’t want to make a deal. It makes you wonder who really is making the decisions reid are obambo. But the gop cant cave now are the party is domed Fight on the credit line may suffer but we still can pay the bills. As there last time the world didn’t end. But our military did take a hit There is so many groups that need cutting. Whats with tax money for the arts, Why put money on big bird With all the news we get now all the news medie lie about whats going on especially the talking heads on cnn abc and so forth The nsa don’t need as much to spy on us are buy there drones WAYYY more to cut IRS education dept that want to change history

    • Diane Ringen

      Why does Reid carry so much power? He must have had charisma in the past, but he certainly has none now.

      • FreedomTrainUSA

        Why does Dirty Harry have so much Power??? HE IS SIMPLY A DIRTY LITTLE CORRUPT TO THE CORE…WEASEL…

        • Diane Ringen

          As I have gotten older I have become more solid and more moral as I imagine many people would also say of themselves. I am not sure Harry Reid is solid or moral.

          • FreedomTrainUSA

            I am certain that Dirty Harry and most them from both parties are not solid or moral…Dirty Harry and many others would THROW THEIR OWN MOTHER OFF THE CLIFF IF IT MEAN’T THAT THEY WOULD GAIN SOMETHING…

          • Diane Ringen

            I am certain of it. Their mothers must be “so proud.”

      • Wayne Cook

        majority leader…he can choke anything he doesn’t like.

  • jimof ct

    If this Republican House caves to the tyranny of Obama and the Democrat majority in the Senate they will most likely be ending their significance as a political entity.
    Speaker Boehner and the Representatives who allow them to cave by voting to end the “CRISIS” that Obama is not going to “waste” as he demands surrender to his “TRANSFORMATION AGENDA” will cease to matter.
    Obama is determined to cripple our economy and install an increasingly socialistic style of government with increasing deficit spending directed by Executive orders and regulations to control the economic and social freedoms of all Americans.
    “Taxpaying Citizens” are not his priority! They are to be exploited to advance the “progressive’s” radical advance. He relies on the media to ignore the many, many lies and deceptions and abuses of our Constitution he has, is and will continue to use to implement his agenda. The strategy laid out by Allinsky to overload the “Free Enterprise ” economic system by increasingly taking over or dominating via regulations that over burden “Private Enterprises and “TAXPAYERS”while depriving the economy of capital by deficit spending that increases debt payment obligations that sucks up the investment potential in the economy to stifle growth and increase the cost of doing business.
    Consequently, the unemployment rate rises and stagnates and the “TAXES” must increase and the economy declines or squeaks to a stall.
    Obama is not doing any of this by accident! He is a Radical who announced his intention to “TRANSFORM AMERICA”. He has made speech after speech where he lies about what is going on! One need only observe the abusive use of IRS, EPA, Homeland Security, Department of State and Department of Justice, the Czars system, the unbelievable distain for our military and our traditional freedoms of religion and speech to recognize he does not think much of our Country and its Constitutional form of government.
    He must not succeed in achieving his objective.
    We must preserve the Constitutional Republic and our free enterprise economy and individual freedoms or decline and suffer the consequences as experienced by every other attempt to install a “government in charge” political and social system. They all failed and their people suffered..

    • Michael Shreve

      THAT ship has sailed.

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      I am sure that John “I Wave the White Flag of Surrender” Boehner…has a large supply of Freshly Laundered White Flags to Wave…and he is just waiting for the right time…

  • Korporal Knish

    Reid & the DEMs continue to play the game as if it were with Monopoly money & soon that is what it will be worth…already throughout the world, euros & the ren are chipping away at the dollar’s status as go-to currency. When it collapses the end is nigh!

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      The problem is that after all the FED’s Quantitative Easing…Printing of large quantities of WORTHLESS FIAT PAPER…that the Dollar is not worth much more than PLAY MONEY…

  • Michael Shreve

    “…a majority of average Americans feel that debt increases without government cuts would be bad for the Nation’s economy.” But “our” representatives will do it anyway.

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      They can’t/won’t cut their SPOILED SMELLY PORK PROGRAMS…

  • Diane Ringen

    We elect these people to represent us, but they have no intention of doing that.

    • jerry1944

      It does sound like T Curz is fighting for conservative values . But at one time I thought Rubio was also but the money ppl got to him . unless the nsa found something on him with there spying ways

      • Diane Ringen

        I also like Cruz. He has admitted he was born in Canada, unlike Obama who lied, but set the precedent, opening it up to Cruz. I used to like Rubio too, but don’t know what to think about him now.

        • Wayne Cook

          rules are that one parent need be born here for eligibility. Mom was born in Delaware.

          • Diane Ringen

            That works for me.

        • jerry1944

          I think Rubio went in as a conservative , Then the old gop got to him and the money ppl . So with that he went with them to let all the iellgeils in the country. As you know there are a lot of companys now that want to lay off ppl so they can hire illgeills because of the healthcare law We can thank traitor Roberts for that. Rubio is in with those ppl

          • Diane Ringen

            Yes Roberts betrayed us all.

  • FreedomTrainUSA

    Politicians represent themselves…not the people…They have one motive and that is to keep getting re-elected….They all belong to the One and Only Party….The POLITICIANS PARTY….whose goal is COMPLETE POWER AND CONTROL OVER THE PEASANTS…It is past time for the PEASANTS…WHO OUT NUMBER THESE POWER HUNGRY “DIRT BAGS”…TO RISE UP AND THROW THEM OUT OF OFFICE AND IN MANY CASES TO THE NEAREST MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON…FOR THEIR LAST TERM…

    • JimH

      I wouldn’t say the “nearest” max sec prison.
      The one I’m thinking of is in Cuba.

      • FreedomTrainUSA

        GITMO…Would be an excellent place…It gets the Criminal off of Direct US Soil….If they want to escape they have an Ocean to deal with…

        • JimH


    • Robert Messmer

      Harry Reid said it himself–they are there to serve the Government. And no, he was not meaning “We the People”.

  • JLouisK

    I wonder what “extraordinary measures” the Treasury Dept. would be forced to do? Close down the banks and confiscate all assets, including your precious Safe Deposit Boxes? Don’t trust them Revenuers, My pappy didn’t and my grandpappy neither.

  • bob

    All this and they still can’t find any government waste….seriously!

  • Angry Grizzly

    Me thinks that we might need to consider an amendment to the
    constitution that says that unless a budget has been passed in the year
    prior to the election that ALL Senate and House seats are to be vacated
    and that those holding those seats shall not be eligible to run for them
    until after two terms have passed for the seat they have been removed
    from ie; the house 4 years, and the Senate8 years. The primary reason
    for this happening is due to protected voting districts and the
    entrenchment of those who hold the offices . In the real world if you
    cannot do your job you are replaced by someone who can, however sadly
    the “real world” does not exist in our Nation’s Capitol and as the the
    employers of those who are failing we must do something to regain our
    say in our Nation’s direction instead of allowing Goldman-Sachs and
    other special interests to continue calling the shots.