HERE is the vote and the breakout of who did what to whom on the debt vote. The only part of this whole travesty of government was Gabby Gifford's appearance (a miracle!) and the Tea Party voting to reign in the monster. We are going to get 21 billion in cuts for a 2.4 TRILLION dollar increase in the debt ceiling. But we seem to have another committee!
A 12 member committee will be in place to run interference for the whole Congress! And if they can't decide on cuts (of course that will be the case) then there are supposedly automatic cuts of which defense will receive 50%, all over ten years. Wow, what a deal. The Titanic is sinking and 535 men, women and children (well less the TPP caucus and Tom) under the dome are tossing more water into the boat. I have heard the old watching sausage being made crap all weekend and having made laws and policies as a county supervisor I reject that view.
The making of these laws regarding debt and budgets in Sacramento and DC is really simply transparent. We get to see the deals and the ideology of the players. HERE is the CSPAN article and on their page is a link to the bill and the CBO view as well as Speaker Boehner's Powerpoint presentation. Check them out. The US Senate is supposedly voting on this tomorrow. After all this angst created by Congress over the last few years, I can only shake my head and wonder how our great country came to this.