Lipinski Votes ‘Yes’ on Debt Deal, But Would Have Preferred Deal That Eliminated ‘Special Interest Loopholes’

Illinois congressman supports debt ceiling deal but wishes that House Democrats and Republicans could have played more nicely together.

Updated, 7:16 p.m. Monday

U.S. Rep Dan Lipinski (D-IL) voted for the Budget Control Act, S. 365, a compromise agreement Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) voted for the Budget Control Act, S. 365, a compromise agreement that narrowly averted a federal government default and damaging the fragile economy.

In a press statement released after the House vote on Monday, Lipinski called the compromise bill “a step forward in putting our fiscal house in order.”

“As with any compromise, this one is by no means perfect,” Lipinski said. “My preference would have been for a bipartisan ‘grand bargain’ that paired spending cuts with the elimination of unjustifiable special-interest tax breaks and loopholes. Sadly, negotiations between President Obama and Speaker Boehner broke down before such an agreement could be reached.”

Lipinski said he was frustrated by the posturing on the both sides of the aisle that nearly derailed negotiations with hours to spare before a default.

“If not for the continuing efforts to score political points,” the congressman said. “I believe we could have reached an agreement sooner, achieved a better outcome, and spent the past months focused on jobs rather than the debt ceiling. 

In May, Lipinski voted against increasing the debt ceiling without significant deficit reduction. The compromised bill caps spending, cuts the deficit by $917 billion over ten years, and establishes a mechanism for increasing the debt ceiling through 2012. The bill also establishes a bipartisan, bicameral committee to craft a bill cutting the deficit by an additional $1.5 trillion or more, with the bill going before the House and Senate for a vote before the end of the year.

“In casting my vote, I bore in mind that 14 million Americans are unemployed and job creation has slowed to a trickle,” Lipinski said. Given the fragile state of the economy, it would have been deeply irresponsible to either permit a government default or fail to address our overwhelming national debt, as each represents a grave threat to economic growth.

Earlier Monday, Lipinski said he wasn’t “going to vote based on an outline” but wanted to take time to study the details of S. 365.

Monday, 3:23 p.m. --

As both houses of Congress line up to vote Monday on a brokered deal to raise the limit on U.S. borrowing or face defaulting on the country’s debts, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) said he is hopeful that the compromise both sides were able to reach on Sunday will resolve the debt-ceiling impasse.

The compromised deal permits vital U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts.

“From the beginning, I have stated that we need to cut the deficit while protecting the middle class and make sure our government can pay its bills,” Lipinski said Monday in a press statement. “My focus now is on carefully studying the legislative language to make sure it does the right thing for the American people and will in fact accomplish what it is supposed to accomplish.”

The Illinois congressman – whose third congressional district encompasses LaGrange, Lyons, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hickory Hills, Oak Lawn, Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Lemont, Homer Glen, the western portion of Orland Park and all of Lockport Township – supports increasing the debt ceiling while lowering the national deficit.

Lipinski voted in favor of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt-ceiling proposal on Saturday. He liked Reid's proposal because it reduced spending by $927 billion. He did not support the House Republican proposal because the plan “does not represent a compromise that can pass the Senate and thereby avoid a default.”

Lipinski said he voted against the controversial Wall Street bailout bill in 2008 because “it was filled with loopholes and I could not support it.”

As of Monday, Lipinski was carefully studying the bipartisan debt deal hammered out the night before.

“It is unfortunately that it took so long to site down and work out a compromise and we don’t have much time to act,” Lipinski said. “But as a legislator, I cannot vote on the basis of an outline, however compelling – I need to see the details and I am carefully studying them now.”

Tonto August 02, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Same old crap hooray for big business and the rich and stick it to the little guy.
Tonto August 02, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Where were the speaker of the House and the minority whip of the Senate when Bush was blowing money in copius quantities for His wars and no bid contracts for his pals at Halliburton?
Jenny C August 02, 2011 at 03:04 AM
"Lipinski voted in favor of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt-ceiling proposal on Saturday. He liked Reid's proposal because it reduced spending by $927 billion." What a joke. No where near enough. Lipinski says he doesn't like partisan posturing, yet that is exactly what he did (sided with the party). I'm tired of doing what I must do in order to pay my bills, then watching Washington spend like there's no tomorrow. Cut, cap and balance was the only solution.
Oak Lawn Gal August 02, 2011 at 02:33 PM
The entire thing was a fiasco. I hope Congress realizes they looked like fools. At any rate I had hoped for a true compromise bill with both spending cuts and increased taxes on the wealthy. It makes no sense to consider cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid while not taxing the wealthier citizens a fair amount. And not all of the wealthy are creating jobs so I don't buy that rationalization. Now we'll see if our AAA bond rating is reduced because of the Micky Mouse act in Washington.


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