ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Rep. Chris Van Hollen says the congressional impasse over raising the U.S. debt ceiling could be resolved by a simple, up-or-down vote.

The Maryland Democrat, speaking in Rockville, said Monday that if House Republicans aren’t willing to take a yes-or-no vote on raising the federal borrowing limit, they should negotiate a solution that doesn’t, in his words, “desecrate the Constitution.”

Van Hollen says that with House members at a stalemate, he expects the Senate to develop a bipartisan compromise that would allow a majority in Congress to vote against raising the debt ceiling and put the onus for any increase on the president.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. al says:

    I want to have an “up or down” vote on paying for every frigging minority to not look for a job, get a job, and start paying taxes.

  2. Charles says:

    Van Hollen is very simply a cheerleader for Obama and Pelosi. Why isn’t he looking to raise the Social Security tax on every penny a person earns? Also introduce a bill to implement a small Value Added Tax(VAT) to be used only for S.S., medicare and medicaid. Repeal Obamacare, force welfare recipients to look for work, form a committee to investigate why 85% of people filing for Social Security Disability Insurance gets it. Of couse, he will not because this is not the Obama agenda.

  3. jimmy says:

    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.
    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    Since I have been placing these comments my dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house and these corrupt DOD employees are using torture as a punishment.

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