Congressman votes in favor of ‘Boehner Plan’

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Scott R. Tipton

Rep. Scott Tipton, of Colorado’s Third Congressional District, which includes Moffat County, voted in favor Friday of the Budget Control Act of 2011, otherwise known as the “Boehner Plan.”

“Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem,” Tipton said in a video news release.

“It is time for Washington to do what the people of Craig do everyday — live within our means,” he added later.

In the ongoing debate regarding the U.S. debt ceiling, the House of Representatives approved the Budget Control Act, sponsored by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, 218-210.

The Boehner Plan increases the nation’s borrowing limit by $900 billion, but cuts spending by $917 billion during the next decade.

Democrats are in favor of a longer-term plan, such as the one proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., which would raise the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion and cut spending by $2.2 trillion.

“Representative Scott Tipton chose to increase interest rates — raising costs for credit cards, car loans and even mortgages — instead of standing up to Republican leadership’s arm twisting,” said Jesse Ferguson, of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in a news release immediately following the vote.

Tipton, a freshman Republican, announced Thursday he would support the Boehner Plan.

“The House of Representatives has led the charge to find a solution to our nation’s debt crisis from the beginning,” Tipton said in the video release. “The response from the president and the Senate has been a deafening ‘no.’”

The Budget Control Act of 2011 was not Tipton’s first choice in the debt ceiling debate. He voted last week for a different House bill referred to as “Cut, Cap and Balance.”

That bill passed the House with 234 bipartisan votes. Reid tabled it in the Senate.

Tipton said he did not support the Boehner Plan initially, but acknowledged that it became a better bill in the week since Cut, Cap and Balance was defeated.

“Does it solve everything? No,” Tipton said. “But, do I want to vote for something that reduces spending, caps spending, provides a way to enforce those caps by law and does not increase taxes on hard-working Americans? Yes.”

House voting on the Boehner Plan began at approximately 4:25 p.m. Friday.

Before the vote, Boehner took the podium and addressed those who criticized his plan.

“I stuck my neck out a mile to try to avoid getting to this situation,” he said. “It is time for this administration and our colleagues from across the aisle to tell us where they are, to put something on the table.”

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