The legislation to raise America’s debt ceiling met with approval from Northeast Missouri’s congressman, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer.
Luetkemeyer, a Republican from St. Elizabeth in the southern tip of the sprawling 9th District, issued a statement Monday after voting yes on the Budget Control Act, which raises the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling by another $2.4 trillion in two phases to ward off an unprecedented default on the nation’s debt obligation.
When this debate first started, the president requested another blank check to continue spending money without any spending cuts or budget reforms. As the process progressed, the president and his allies focused on raising taxes in order to have more money to spend. While the final product is far from perfect, we have used our majority in one half of one of the three branches of government to secure an agreement that stays true to our conservative principles: this legislation cuts more spending than it increases the debt ceiling, caps future spending, advances the cause of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, and averts a default by the United States — all without increasing taxes.
The debate in Washington has been fundamentally changed from how much can we spend to how much can we cut. Today is an important step forward on the long road to get our fiscal house in order. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to cut spending and reform our nation’s budget in order to jumpstart the economy and lift the finanical burden that has been placed on future generations.
Luetkemeyer was one of six congressional representatives from Missouri, out of the nine-member House delegation, to vote yes on the bill. Here’s the full breakdown:
• Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood: NO
• Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis: YES
• Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis: YES
• Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Kansas City: NO (It’s worth noting that Cleaver coined one of the most infamous phrases of the debt ceiling debate, “sugar-coated Satan sandwich.”)
• Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau: YES
• Rep. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio: YES
• Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville: NO
• Rep. Billy Long, R-Springfield: YES
• Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth: YES
As for Missouri’s senators, Roy Blunt (R-Strafford) and Claire McCaskill (D-St. Louis) both voted YES on the act Tuesday afternoon.
Blunt later tweeted: “Agree w/those of you saying this bill isn’t perfect. It’s a 1st step to cut spending. Still believe Balanced Budget Amdt should be enacted.”