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12-SJR34 on Jan 23, 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 House of Representatives bill HJR98.


    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
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 12-SJR34



Republicans participating in 12-SJR34

Lamar Alexander s2oTN Republican Sr Senator 
Kelly Ayotte s2oNH Republican Jr Senator 
John Barrasso s2oWY Republican Jr Senator 
Roy Blunt s2oMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boozman s2oAR Republican Jr Senator 
Richard Burr s2oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Saxby Chambliss s2oGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Daniel Coats s2oIN Republican Jr Senator 
Tom Coburn s2oOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
John Cornyn s2oTX Republican Sr Senator 
Michael Crapo s2oID Republican Sr Senator 
Michael Enzi s2oWY Republican Sr Senator 
Lindsey Graham s2oSC Republican Sr Senator 
Chuck Grassley s2oIA Republican Sr Senator 
Orrin Hatch s2oUT Republican Sr Senator 
Kay Bailey Hutchison s2oTX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
James Inhofe s2oOK Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Mark Kirk s2oIL Republican Jr Senator 
Jon Kyl s2oAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Mike Lee s2oUT Republican Jr Senator 
Richard Lugar s2oIN Republican Sr Senator 
John McCain s2oAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Mitch McConnell s1pKY Republican Sr Senator 
Jerry Moran s2oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Rand Paul s2oKY Republican Jr Senator 
Jim Risch s2oID Former Republican Governor (2006-2007); U.S. Senator 
Pat Roberts s2oKS Republican Sr Senator 
Marco Rubio s2oFL Republican Jr Senator 
Jeff Sessions s2oAL Republican Sr Senator 
Richard Shelby s2oAL Republican Jr Senator 
John Thune s2oSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Roger Wicker s2oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 



Independents participating in 12-SJR34



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 33
Independents: 0


















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