Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) needed 60 votes yesterday to increase the debt limit because Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) insisted that spending cuts be included.
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had a choice -- he could stand with Ted Cruz and conservatives or he could stand with Harry Reid and the Democrats.
McConnell sided with the Democrats and gave President Obama a blank check even though just two weeks ago he said passing a clean debt limit increase would be "irresponsible."
McConnell also pressured other Republicans to vote with the Democrats. The clerk was even instructed not to announce senators' votes during the roll call so McConnell could get them to change their "no" votes to "yes" votes without anyone knowing about it.
Here are the 12 Republicans who voted for cloture and helped the Democrats raise the debt limit without any spending reductions:
- John Barrasso (R-WY)
- Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Bob Corker (R-TN)
- John Cornyn (R-TX)
- Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
- Mike Johanns (R-NE)
- Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
- Mark Kirk (R-IL)
- John McCain (R-AZ)
- Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- John Thune (R-SD)
After the vote, Ted Cruz made this statement:
"Today’s vote is yet another example that establishment politicians from both parties are simply not listening to the American people. Let’s be clear about the motive behind this vote -- there are too many members of Congress who think they can fool people and they will forget about it the next week. But sometimes, come November, the people remember."
Ted Cruz is right, but we need to make sure people in Kentucky remember this vote on May 20th and support conservative Matt Bevin over Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary election.
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McConnell is attacking conservatives and voting with the Democrats because his ideology is power. He doesn't care if our children and grandchildren are buried in debt as long as he gets re-elected.
Watch the video and make a contribution to Matt Bevin's campaign today.
Mitch McConnell is terrified of Matt Bevin. In the past few days, he has gone on the attack and begun smearing Matt Bevin in a blatant attempt to cover up his own liberal record.
Matt Bevin continues to rise in the polls while McConnell keeps sliding. If we work together, we can win this race and change the direction of the country.
If Mitch McConnell -- with all his power and money -- can't hold on to power, then every politician who refuses to listen to Americans is in danger. McConnell's defeat will wake up every lawmaker in the country and force them to either fight for our principles or step aside so someone else can.
If you have not donated to Matt Bevin's campaign, now is the time to do it. We can't complain about the lack of conservative leadership in the Republican Party and be neutral in this race.
It's our responsibility to replace people like Mitch McConnell.
Thank you for supporting the principles of freedom that make America the greatest nation on earth. Thank you for demanding better leadership.
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