Monday, August 1, 2011

Congressional Black Caucus plans to force GOP’s hand on debt vote

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Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 08/01/2011

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, dissatisfied with the debt-ceiling deal negotiated by President Obama and leaders in Congress, are planning a procedural move on Monday that would require a majority of House Republicans to cast their votes on the measure before CBC members cast theirs.
“A quorum of the Caucus convened and agreed to abstain from voting until the majority of Republican members have voted on the debt ceiling package,” Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), the caucus whip, said in an e-mail to CBC members Monday afternoon.
The CBC is comprised of 45 members – 44 Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.). Many of the group’s members have said they strongly oppose the debt-limit plan because it would make cuts to programs that benefit society’s most vulnerable -- including seniors, minorities and the poor -- while not calling for any tax increases as part of the “balanced” approach that Obama and congressional Democrats favor  (read more)

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