The U.S. Senate will vote Tuesday on a debt ceiling deal that passed the House Monday. That vote was a contentious 269-161 with a majority of Republicans, but also nearly half of Democrats, voting in its favor. However, South Carolina Republicans were unanimous in voting “no.”
One of those was 5th District Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who appeared on Columbia affiliate WVOC to criticize the plan, “The truth of the matter is that this is a Washington-style deal. All it does is play around the edges,” he told WVOC’s Keven Cohen, “It doesn’t fundamentally change the system, which is what we’re trying to do.”
The proposal would raise the debt ceiling by $2 trillion, while cutting $1 trillion over the next ten years. It also sets up a commission to identify ways to reduce the deficit by an extra $1.5 trillion. If Congress fails to pass such the commission’s plan, it would trigger automatic spending cuts to both entitlements and defense programs.
“I voted against the debt ceiling compromise because it is time for bold and decisive action,” 2nd District Congressman Joe Wilson said in a statement, “If we kick the can down the road, future generations will bear the burden of failing to act in this critical situation.” Both Wilson and Mulvaney echoed their calls for the failed “Cut, Cap and Balance” legislation.
Democratic 5th District Congressman Jim Clyburn was one of 95 Democrats who voted in favor of the plan. Democratic members were split down the middle, with 96 voting against. Most of those opponents said the domestic cuts went too far. One example they gave was the elimination of subsidized student loans.
However, Republicans tried to claim momentum from the vote, “The debate surrounding the debt ceiling is proof we have taken huge steps towards changing the culture in Washington,” said 1st District Congressman Tim Scott. However, Scott said the spending cuts were not “sufficient” enough to get his vote.
Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint say they also plan to vote against the plan for similar reasons when it reaches the Senate Tuesday. The Senate is expected to pass the bill easily, however. The House adjourned for five weeks immediately after Monday’s vote, meaning there is very little chance the Senate will amend the bill on the day the nation reaches its debt limit.