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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-HR2663 on Jul 27, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: America Pays Its Bills Act
Source: HR2663&S1326
A bill to increase the debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion.

[Explanatory note from Wikipedia.com "Debt Ceiling Crisis"]:

The US debt-ceiling crisis was a financial crisis in 2011 that started as a debate in the Congress about increasing the debt ceiling. The immediate crisis ended when a complex deal was reached that raised the debt ceiling and reduced future government spending. However, similar debates are anticipated for the 2012 and 2013 budget. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner announced on July 31 that an agreement had been achieved. After the legislation was passed by both the House and Senate, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act. On August 5, the credit-rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit rating of US government bond for the first time in the country's history.

Under US law, an administration can spend only if it has sufficient funds to pay for it. These funds can come either from tax receipts or from borrowing. Congress has set a debt ceiling, beyond which Treasury cannot borrow. The Obama administration stated that, without this increase, the federal government would shut down and the US would enter sovereign default, thereby creating an international crisis in the financial markets. Alternatively, default could be averted if the government were to promptly reduce its other spending by about half.

An increase in the debt ceiling requires the approval of both houses of Congress. A large majority of Democratic legislators (who held a majority in the Senate) favored tax increases along with smaller spending cuts. Supporters of the Tea Party movement pushed their fellow Republicans to reject any agreement that failed to incorporate large and immediate spending cuts or a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.

Also see the related Senate bill S1326.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Question 20: Stimulus better than market-led recovery Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Budget & Economy
  • Headline: Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill increasing debt limit to $16.7 trillion (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 1.
  • Headline: Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill increasing debt limit to $16.7 trillion (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 1 on Economy: When you think about the US budget deficit, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
    • A: Cutting existing programs
    • B: More spending cuts than tax increases (mix of both solutions)
    • C: More tax increases than spending cuts (mix of both solutions)
    • D: Raising Taxes
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-HR2663

Gary Ackerman s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Rob Andrews s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Joe Baca s1sCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Karen Bass s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Xavier Becerra s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Howard Berman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Sanford Bishop s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s1sNew York Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s1sIowa Democrat 
Robert Brady s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Corrine Brown s1sFlorida Democrat 
G.K. Butterfield s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Dennis Cardoza s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Russ Carnahan s1sMissouri Democrat 
Andre Carson s1sIndiana Democrat 
Hansen Clarke s1sMichigan Former Democrat (until 2012) 
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York Democrat 
William Lacy Clay s1sMissouri Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s1sMissouri Democrat 
James Clyburn s1sSouth Carolina Democrat 
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee Democrat 
Gerry Connolly s1sVirginia Democrat 
John Conyers s1sMichigan Democrat 
Jim Costa s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Joe Courtney s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Joseph Crowley s1sNew York Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1sIllinois Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1sColorado Democrat 
Rosa DeLauro s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Ted Deutch s1sFlorida Democrat 
Norm Dicks s1sWashington Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Dingell s1sMichigan Democrat 
Lloyd Doggett s1sTexas Democrat 
Mike Doyle s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat 
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Eni Faleomavaega s1sSamoa Democrat 
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Bob Filner s1sCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Marcia Fudge s1sOhio Democrat 
John Garamendi s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Charles Gonzalez s1sTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Al Green s1sTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois Democrat 
Janice Hahn s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Colleen Hanabusa s1sHawaii Democrat 
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida Democrat 
Brian Higgins s1sNew York Democrat 
Jim Himes s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Ruben Hinojosa s1sTexas Democrat 
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Kathy Hochul s1sNew York Democrat 
Tim Holden s1sPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Steny Hoyer s1sMaryland Democrat 
Steve Israel s1sNew York Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1sIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1sTexas Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1sTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Marcy Kaptur s1sOhio Democrat 
Dale Kildee s1sMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Dennis Kucinich s1sOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Rick Larsen s1sWashington Democrat 
John Larson s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Sander Levin s1sMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1sNew York Democrat 
Steve Lynch s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013) 
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Doris Matsui s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Gregory Meeks s1sNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Brad Miller s1sNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat 
Chris Murphy s1sConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Richard Neal s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
John Olver s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Bill Pascrell s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Ed Pastor s1sArizona Democrat 
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Nancy Pelosi s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Ed Perlmutter s1sColorado Democrat 
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine Democrat 
David Eugene Price s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois Democrat 
Nick Rahall s1sWest Virginia Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Silvestre Reyes s1sTexas Democrat 
Laura Richardson s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Cedric Richmond s1sLouisiana Democrat 
Steven Rothman s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Bobby Rush s1sIllinois Democrat 
Tim Ryan s1sOhio Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
John Sarbanes s1sMaryland Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois Democrat 
Bobby Scott s1sVirginia Democrat 
David Scott s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Terri Sewell s1sAlabama Democrat 
Brad Sherman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Albio Sires s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Louise Slaughter s1sNew York Democrat 
David Adam Smith s1sWashington Democrat 
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Betty Sutton s1sOhio Democrat 
Bennie Thompson s1sMississippi Democrat 
Mike Thompson s1sCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Paul Tonko s1sNew York Democrat 
Ed Towns s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Niki Tsongas s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Chris Van Hollen s1sMaryland Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s1sNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Tim Walz s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Mel Watt s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Welch s2pVermont Democrat 
Frederica Wilson s1sFlorida Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Yarmuth s1sKentucky Democrat 



Republicans participating in 11-HR2663

Mark Critz s1sPennsylvania Republican 



Independents participating in 11-HR2663



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 143
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0


















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