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12-HJR98 on Jan 13, 2012

Bill Sponsorship: Joint Resolution on Debt Limit
Source: HJRes.98/SJRes34
Congressional Summary:JOINT RESOLUTION: Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That Congress disapproves of the President's exercise of authority to increase the debt limit, as submitted on Jan. 12, 2012.

Congressional Vote:Vote #4 in the House: 239 Yeas; 176 Nays; Senate declined to vote on the Resolution.

OnTheIssues Explanation: On Jan. 12, 2012, Pres. Obama notified Congress of his intent to raise the nation's debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion, two weeks after he had postponed the request to give lawmakers more time to consider the action. Congress then had 15 days to say no before the debt ceiling is automatically raised from $15.2 trillion to $16.4 trillion. Hence the debt ceiling was increased.

In Aug. 2011, the US government was nearly shut down by an impasse over raising the debt ceiling; under an agreement reached then, the President could raise the debt limit in three increments while also implementing $2.4 trillion in budget cuts. The agreement also gave Congress the option of voting to block each of the debt-ceiling increases by passing a "resolution of disapproval." The House disapproved; the Senate, by declining to vote in the 15-day window, killed the Resolution. Even if the resolution were passed, Pres. Obama could veto it; which could be overridden by a 2/3 majority in the House and Senate. The House vote only had 57% approval, not enough for the 67% override requirement, so the Senate vote became moot. The same set of actions occurred in Sept. 2011 for the first debt ceiling increase.

Also see the related Senate bill SJR34.


    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: Sponsored disapproving of increasing the debt limit (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Disapprove of increasing the debt limit (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 1.
  • Headline: Sponsored disapproving of increasing the debt limit (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: Disapprove of increasing the debt limit (Answer: B)
  • 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 12-HJR98



Republicans participating in 12-HJR98

Todd Akin s2oMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Mark Amodei s2oNevada Republican 
Steve Austria s2oOhio Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Lou Barletta s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Rick Berg s2oND Republican Challenger 
Judy Biggert s2oIllinois Republican 
Gus Bilirakis s2oFlorida Republican 
Rob Bishop s2oUtah Republican 
Diane Black s2oTennessee Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
Charles Boustany s2oLouisiana Republican 
Mo Brooks s2oAlabama Republican 
Ann Marie Buerkle s2oNew York Republican 
Michael Burgess s2oTexas Republican 
Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Quico Canseco s2oTexas Republican 
Jason Chaffetz s2oUT Former Republican Challenger (2011) 
Scott DesJarlais s2oTennessee Republican 
Jeff Duncan s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Blake Farenthold s2oTexas Republican 
Jeff Flake s2oArizona Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Bill Flores s2oTexas Republican 
Randy Forbes s2oVirginia Republican 
Trent Franks s2oArizona Republican 
Cory Gardner s2oColorado Republican 
Scott Garrett s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Bob Gibbs s2oOhio Republican 
Chris Gibson s2oNew York Republican 
Phil Gingrey s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s2oVirginia Republican 
Paul Gosar s2oArizona Republican 
Trey Gowdy s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Tom Graves s2oGeorgia Republican 
Tim Griffin s2oArkansas Republican 
Frank Guinta s2oNew Hanpshire Republican challenger 
Andy Harris s2oMaryland Republican 
Tim Huelskamp s2oKansas Republican 
Bill Huizenga s2oMichigan Republican 
Randy Hultgren s2oIllinois Republican 
Lynn Jenkins s2oKansas Republican 
Bill Johnson s2oOhio Republican 
Sam Johnson s2oTexas Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Jim Jordan s2oOhio Republican 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
Adam Kinzinger s2oIllinois Republican 
Doug Lamborn s2oColorado Republican 
Bob Latta s2oOhio Republican 
Blaine Luetkemeyer s2oMissouri Republican 
Cynthia Lummis s2oWyoming Republican 
Connie Mack IV s2oFL Republican Challenger 
Donald Manzullo s2oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Kenny Marchant s2oTexas Republican 
David McKinley s2oWest Virginia Republican 
Candice Miller s2oMichigan Republican 
Jeff Miller s2oFlorida Republican 
Mick Mulvaney s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Randy Neugebauer s2oTexas Republican 
Rich Nugent s2oFlorida Republican 
Alan Nunnelee s2oMississippi Republican 
Steven Palazzo s2oMississippi Republican 
Ron Paul s2oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Erik Paulsen s2oMinnesota Republican 
Ted Poe s2oTexas Republican 
Bill Posey s2oFlorida Republican 
Tom Price s2oGeorgia Republican 
Ben Quayle s2oArizona Republican (lost 2012 primary) 
Tom Reed s1pNew York Republican 
Dennis Rehberg s2oMontana Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Tom Rooney s2oFlorida Republican 
Dennis Ross s2oFlorida Republican 
Bobby Schilling s2oIllinois Republican challenger 2014 
Jean Schmidt s2oOhio Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Tim Scott s2oSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
Steve Southerland s2oFlorida Republican 
Cliff Stearns s2oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Steve Stivers s2oOhio Republican 
Marlin Stutzman s2oIndiana Republican 
John Sullivan s2oOklahoma Republican 
Lee Terry s2oNebraska Republican 
Tim Walberg s2oMichigan Republican 
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia Republican 
Joe Wilson s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Steve Womack s2oArkansas Republican 
Rob Woodall s2oGeorgia Republican 



Independents participating in 12-HJR98



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 86
Independents: 0


















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