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PolitiFact: Virginia Republicans Voted Multiple Times to Increase Debt Limit


With all the wildly irresponsible blather by Republican’ts in Washington about how they don’t really need to do what’s absolutely necessary – raise the debt limit so the United States doesn’t default and cause an economic catastrophe! – I’m glad to see PolitiFact is on top of this one. I know it’s a shocker, but yes indeed, Republican’t are hypocrites once again!

Here’s a rundown of the record of each Virginia congressman who has voted on bills that raised the debt limit.

Rep. Rob Wittman, R-1st: 4 nays.

Rep. Bobb Scott, D-3rd:  4 ayes, 5 nays.

Rep. Randy Forbes, R-4th: 4 ayes, 5 nays.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th: 4 ayes, 5 nays.

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7th: 5 ayes, 4 nays.

Rep. Jim Moran, R-8th: 5 ayes, 4 nays.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-10th: 5 ayes, 4 nays.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, R-11th: 2 ayes.

Sen. Jim Webb, D: 4 ayes, 1 nay.

Sen. Mark Warner, D: 2 ayes.

What about former Sen. George Allen who is running for the Senate next year? The Republican hopes to reclaim the seat he lost to Webb in 2006. Webb is not seeking reelection.

Allen voted for each of four debt limit increases that came up during his single term.

Bottom line: A lot of people from both parties have a hand in our debt problems.

Oh, and if that’s not enough evidence to demonstrate how crazy the GOP has become? How about St. Ronald Reagan, who said the following in 1983?

The full consequences of a default – or even the serious prospect of default – by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar in exchange markets. The Nation can ill afford to allow such a result. The risks, the costs, the disruptions, and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: the Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns.

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