WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator John Boozman called for a real debate on the Cut, Cap and Balance Act after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary maneuver to kill the bill today.
“With our nation on the brink of default, the Majority Leader clearly feels that it is better to score political points than have a debate on the merits of the Cut, Cap and Balance Act. He controls the floor, the agenda and the amendments that are accepted. If his caucus wants to change the bill, they certainly have that option. But instead of having that debate, we get more political theater from the Majority Leader,” Boozman said.
Today’s vote was scheduled by the Senate Majority Leader to table the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, effectively ending consideration of the measure. Boozman was among the 46 Senators who voted against shelving the bill.
“Throughout the course of this debt ceiling debate, the American people have watched us work in utter disbelief of what they have seen. They understand that we need to get our fiscal house in order. They see what has gotten us into this mess and they want it stopped before they agree to give us blanket authority to raise the debt limit. What they are saying is: stop the spending and live within our means, just as they have to do,” Boozman said.
“Cut, Cap and Balance is one way to solve the problem,” Boozman continued. “It is a solution that helps us avert an immediate meltdown and brings a sense of fiscal responsibility to Washington—where it is so badly needed. And it deserves to be considered in this Chamber.”
The Cut, Cap and Balance Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week with 234 votes.