WASHINGTON — Here’s a flashback to those hot, sweaty days of July: the House of Representatives voted on a resolution related to the federal debt limit Wednesday afternoon.
The debt ceiling deal Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed in August rose the debt limit by $400 billion immediately and allowed for a further $500 billion increase this month, unless the House and Senate passed resolutions of disagreement against the measure. The Senate voted down such a resolution last week, making Wednesday’s vote largely for naught.
The Republican-controlled House’s vote on the resolution was largely along party lines, passing 232-186. Four Democrats voted yes, five Republican voted no, and members of the Minnesota delegation voted with their parties (except for Rep. Michele Bachmann, who did not vote).
Congressional work on the debt issue continues in the form of a bicameral debt “super committee” which is tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in debt reduction measures and introducing its plan to Congress later this fall.
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