House Approves GOP Bill Extending Debt Limit

WASHINGTON (WJZ)—The House has voted on one plan regarding the debt crisis and raising the debt ceiling.

Mike Hellgren is following developments.

The Republican debt plan passed with 218 votes. However, President Barack Obama says he will veto it, and Democrats in the Senate say it does not have enough votes to pass there. So essentially, there is still no deal at this time.

Marylanders tell us, they’re fed up.

The frustration at the lack of a debt deal in Washington has spilled out onto streets across America.

“I think we should all be descending on them in Washington right now,” said one voter.

“This is our country after all.  It’s not just those politicians country,” said another.

Marylanders are sounding off.

“Now, it’s time for Americans to stand up for what they believe in.  I believe in a balanced budget.  You’ve got to balance your budget. I’ve got to balance mine,” said a Maryland woman. 

“It’s ridiculous.  It’s like kindergarten.  They just can’t agree on one thing,” said another.

But many worry the leaders on both sides aren’t listening.

“I’m independent, but I lean more toward being conservative, and I think the Republicans need to bend a little,” said a Maryland man.

“We’re the ones without the big bank account to back us up, but they’re going to do what they want,” said a Maryland woman.

With 1.6 Marylanders on Medicare and Medicaid, 850,000 on Social Security and thousands more part of the federal work force, the consequences locally could be dire.

“If the economy collapses as a result of this inaction on the part of the federal government, sure it’s going to impact the Baltimore County government,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “These people need to do the job that they were elected to do just like we’re doing here in Baltimore County.”

The message is clear, and Marylanders are mincing no words: Get this deal done.

“Could we be like Greece?  Could we be like Ireland?  What’s going to happen?  Nobody knows,” said one resident.

“Two and 2 is 4– not 4 trillion.  Come on people,” said one frustrated voter.

“Like everybody else, I’m tired of the gridlock, and nothing changing.  Ever, ” one Marylander said.

Republicans needed 216 votes for its plan to pass in the House. No Democrats or Independents voted for the current plan. Twenty Republicans also voted no.

Democrats say the current bill would wreak economic havoc because it would force lawmakers to vote on another extension of the debt ceiling early next year, in the heat of presidential and congressional campaigns. Senator Harry Reid has his own plan, which he says would extend the debt limit up to 2012.

Stay with WJZ for the latest on the debt ceiling negotiations. We’ll have the latest from Washington on Eyewitness News at 11 p.m.

More from Mike Hellgren
  • Fed Up Again

    These people could care less what we think. It’s time for a major shake up in Maryland and D.C. If I hear the “American People” one more time I’ll scream. Balance the budget, cut entitlements and foreign aid. Stop borrowing .40 on every dollar they spend.

  • Make Them Pay

    They’re saying that Social Security and medicaid recipients will have priority over other programs when the funds fall short. I, for one, am not buying it. Not for a minute. When have the weakest of our society ever had a say in their own future? If they cut SS benefits (because they stole funds for other uses) then I think it is time for the largest class-action suit in our country’s history. Bring in the big-dog attorneys to find those who took part in the misappropriation of “working class” funds, and prosecute them. Auction their houses, their cars, liquidate their portfolios and retirement funds and use the proceeds to make good on the SS payments to those that depend on a fixed income.

    • Steven Cville

      What happened to Social Securities Lock Box? The Government don’t fund Social Security, we pay into it every pay check! What did they do with all our money? Could it be there is more being paid out in Soc. Sec. then what comes in? Hmm, somethings wrong there so why don’t they fix it. Stop stealing Soc. Sec. money for other bills! Stop borrowing from China and live off the tax and fee revenues .

      Time to stop the spending, time to give companies breaks for opening factories here in the U.S. Let the rich people who employ the middle class make there money and keep it in the U.S. Revenues will increase as more get jobs and spend there earnings domestic product will rise thus creating more jobs.
      Seal the borders so that when the economy turns around that American get the benefits of it not illegal aliens. Create immigration law like those of Australia, Ireland, ect where only people with set jobs and certain professions are allowed to immigrate. Many countries don’t let people in if they are laborers, store clerks ,truck drivers but if your a nurse or Doctor, business owner they let you in.

  • Amelia L Keim

    tell all the politicians to give up their retirement salaries. They receive full salaries when they retire, and all full health benefits. Most of our politicians are making over one hundred thousand dollars a year. They are trying to take away our sociialsecurity and medicare.

  • chalkie

    I have been doing alot of reading about what the republicans want and hate to say it, they are right on the nose about cutting spending. As a democrat, I am ashammed of my party wanting more and more and not cutting back. We don’t need big government, we need a more efficient government. I for one will not vote anyone back into office that doesn’t do thier part to help our country and stop trying to hurt it by spending more and more. Obama wants this swept away until after elections are over, so it will keep getting worse. And if he gets his way, it makes him look better for relection. Sorry he will not be getting my vote, I personally feel he is one of the worst presidents we have ever had. You cannot keep borrowing and spending more and more. The republicans hit right on the head, we need to cut back now, not later!!!! And we have to start cutting down our deficit, its way to large and should have never been allowed to get this way. I for one would like to see us cut alot of foreign aid out, and the crack down on our illegal immigration problems here at home. We are bankrupting our country with just all the illegals here. They don’t pay taxes, they don’t pay the hospitals when they go there, thier getting public assistance (housing,food stamps, and even welfare and medical assistance), and they are taking jobs for us that would be paying taxes. Enough is enough and its time to take care of our country and our people first for once and let the rest of the world fix thier own problems!!!!!!

    • Jerry

      I agree 100 percent with Chalkie!

  • Jeff

    The bills Boehner is trying to push through are jokes. He could barely get enough votes from his own party for this one. We don’t need to be doing this all over again in 6 months. I don’t think people understand the difference between increasing the Debt Ceiling and the Budget. The budget is where future spending is decided(not the debt ceiling). The Debt Ceiling is about money we are already borrowing. The Debt ceiling has to be raised in order to prevent default. If they want to take up future spending debate it during the Budget votes. Defaulting on our loans will cause the deficit to increase. Here’s some knowledge for you.

    Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl.

    June 2002: Congress approves a $450 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $6.4 trillion. McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor vote “yea”, Kyl votes “nay.”

    May 2003: Congress approves a $900 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $7.384 trillion. All four approve.

    November 2004: Congress approves an $800 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.1 trillion. All four approve.

    March 2006: Congress approves a $781 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.965 trillion. All four approve.

    September 2007: Congress approves an $850 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $9.815 trillion. All four approve.

    And now these 4 individuals want to cry bloody murder about a debt celiling increase. Give me a break. This is politics at it’s worst. They had no problem increasing it when Bush was president by 4 Trillion total.

  • Fed Up

    Some of the best posts I have seen. All have very valid points. More and more people are taking an interest in our government and the rampant spending. I saw a post on youtube on how the government spend 225 million on public housing in Washington state for welfare recipients and foreigners. The homes were beautiful (much nicer than mine). According to the post the money was taken from the Social Society fund. I don’t know how true the post is, but its worth a look.

  • cutoffwelfare

    down with gov’t spending!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jerry

    I have an idea on how to save money in the country.
    Stop saying that drug addiction and alcoholism is a disability. Then you’ll see how much money the country will save and send all the illegals back home and give the jobs back to the people of the United States.

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