Austin Scott joins Georgia Republicans in favor of John Boehner debt-ceiling plan

Over the course of the day, we’ll try to keep up with where Georgia’s Republicans are on House Speaker John Boehner’s debt-ceiling/deficit reduction plan, which will probably be voted on after the markets close today.

Some of you have wondered why we’re not counting Democrats. They’ve pretty much lined up against the legislation — this is primarily an internal GOP fight. At this point, we count five Republicans in favor, three against.

A 6 p.m. vote has been postponed while Boehner’s troops collect votes. Consider every vote essential:

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Coweta County, indicates he’s ready to support House Speaker John Boehner’s debt-ceiling plan. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Coweta County, indicates he’s ready to support House Speaker John Boehner’s debt-ceiling plan. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

– Lynn Westmoreland of Coweta County: This morning, he indicated he’s a “yes” vote.

“Having looked at the whole thing, I think we did make some positive adjustments with a few little changes we made. It looks like we’re getting about 60 percent of what the [Paul] Ryan budget did. We are stopping the growth, changing the baseline,” Westmoreland told Jamie Dupree of AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB. “While we’re still heading toward the iceberg, we are turning the Titanic a little bit.”

– Tom Graves of Ranger: A strong no vote. “Compromise is what’s led us to the mess we’re in right now. We can’t compromise our way out of this,” Ranger said in a Wednesday morning C-SPAN defense of his decision to oppose the Boehner plan

– Paul Broun of Athens: A strong no.

– Tom Price of Roswell: In an interview with Rob Johnson on WGST (640AM) this morning, Price strongly hinted that he’ll vote for the revised debt-ceiling/deficit reduction package pitched by House Speaker John Boehner – if he can be assured that House Republicans will be allowed to vote on a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget on Friday.

“Companioned with a balance budget amendment,” Price said, “That’s a reasonable course of action at this time.” The congressman, of course, added that the Boehner package doesn’t include as many budget cuts that he’d ideally like to see.

– Austin Scott of Tifton: Listed as “leaning yes” by The Hill newspaper in Washington. “I’m looking forward to reading the final draft, checking the numbers and everything in it. But I’ll tell you this: The speaker’s got a lot more votes than the people who don’t want it to pass say he has,” Scott said Wednesday in an interview with Jamie Dupree of AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Scott said he is most worried about the impact that federal government’s inability to pay its bills would have on the economy. “The longest way out of this recession is to allow the default – so that’s not an option, in my opinion,” he said.

CNN lists Scott as one of the most heavily lobbied targets of Boehner’s leadership team.

At 8:20 p.m., Dupree had this quote from Scott:

“It is the most responsible option and I plan to vote for it tonight.”

– Jack Kingston of Savannah: Listed as undecided by Hotline and The Hill newspaper. But this morning, Kingston indicated he, too, will back the Boehner plan:

“I think it’s the last chance we have to do something sane,” Kingston said in an interview with Frank Barnas of Newstalk105.9 WVGA in Valdosta. “What I don’t want to be in next week is, you’re past the deadline, the Social Security checks, the veterans’ checks get put on hold, the market drops 500 points – then what we’ll see is a panic by the politicians in Washington to, okay, raise the debt ceiling $3 trillion and no strings attached.”

– Phil Gingrey of Marietta: Decidedly no.

– Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville: In a test vote this afternoon, Woodall indicated in a floor speech that he should be considered a “yes” vote.

“This bill does not do everything I want it to do,” he said. “But do you know what this does do? This says we’re not going to increase the credit line by a penny unless we’re cutting a penny, too.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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176 comments Add your comment

dixiesdemons

July 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

Does the pres still have the power of the veto or does this bill cover that too ???

marcus

July 28th, 2011
1:06 pm

Dixie…how did you make it out of school?

Alabama Communist

July 28th, 2011
1:09 pm

While we’re still heading toward the iceberg, we are turning the Titanic a little bit.”* Quote..lol….more like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as she sinks like the USA into a phony Republican Paradise Ocean…

dixiesdemons

July 28th, 2011
1:09 pm

With Tea Party hulp

RD

July 28th, 2011
1:15 pm

Tom Price is an absolute disgrace to his constituents. He does not listen to those that elected him and continues to genuflect to his comrades in the GOTP…Good Ole Tea Party.
The country is going down the drain and TP is the Drano!

the original and still the best John Galt

July 28th, 2011
1:20 pm

Don’t worry, the Republicrats and Demopublicans will strike a deal. Then they will keep right on printing money just like before.

The “Titanic” that is the U.S. government struck the iceberg long ago, and there’s no way to keep it afloat now. What would be required for keeping it afloat is not politically viable, and therefore won’t be done by any politician needing votes.

The best our supposed “leaders” can hope for is to stave off the inevitable until they are out of office.

Westmoreland no Tea bagger

July 28th, 2011
1:22 pm

More hypocrisy from our “conservative” congressman. He runs on being conservative, talks like one then when the pressure is on he falls in line, He has been there too long and adopted the Washington ways. He moves up the ranks over a few years by claiming to be something that he quickly runs from when the leadership that doles out a little power puts the squeeze on. What is it about DC and power that changes these guys – must be good stuff he is getting.

Fish Hugger

July 28th, 2011
1:23 pm

In other news, House Democrats sat on their hands, except when they needed to use them to shoot down any idea proposed by the House Republicans. One un-named Democratic Congressman said of the Republicans, “They are BAAAAAd people.”

A Conservative Voice

July 28th, 2011
1:24 pm

@marcus

July 28th, 2011
1:06 pm
Dixie…how did you make it out of school?

She attended an APS School :)

roughrider

July 28th, 2011
1:26 pm

I have as question for the republicans. If they are so good handling the budget, why did we have an economic meltdown in 2007?

RetiredSoldier

July 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

roughrider-

We didn’t, the meltdown was in 2008. Next question please.

roughrider

July 28th, 2011
1:35 pm

Same question. Why did we have the meltdown under Bush if the republicans are so good at budgeting?

RetiredSoldier

July 28th, 2011
1:39 pm

roughrider-

Now to your question. Please define budget and economy for me. The answer is they are compelely seperate things and have little to nothing to do with each other.

The major factor in the meltdown of 2008, in my opinion, is the lack of restraint in the housing market thanks to Dodd and Frank. I’ll let you guess what party they are/where from.

FDR

July 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

Hang in there dixiesdemons. I appreciate your shot at the right wing extremists/tea-partiers who aren’t bright enough to see that they were just skewered.

RetiredSoldier

July 28th, 2011
1:43 pm

FDR-

Easy for you to say since you started this mess.

FDR

July 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

Retired Soldier-

I’m not the former president. My FDR stands for “Formerly Dumb Republican.”

jimbo

July 28th, 2011
1:54 pm

Formerly dumb?

MB

July 28th, 2011
2:02 pm

The house has already passed a good plan called Cut, Cap and Balance. Further compromise will only lead to greater deficits. I for one can not handle another tax increase that the President is pushing and I am tired of him saying that no one that makes under $250K will be affected. Please, with a stroke of his pen he can increase payroll taxes that affect all of us!

When will the Democrats wake up and smell the coffee!

Real American

July 28th, 2011
2:06 pm

THese same nuts hollering about “fiscal restraint” had no problem with the Rove Administration paying for 2 wars on credit and keeping those costs off the books…hidden until it couldn’t be hidden anymore.

KILJOY

July 28th, 2011
2:06 pm

@Dixiesdemons, it depends upon which bill you’re talking about. Your question is not stupid if you mean the Balanced Budget Amendment. If that bill passed both the House and Senate the President could not veto it. That bill would immediately go to the fifty states for ratification. However, if you’re talking about the debt limit or budget bills, the President can veto either.

jconservative

July 28th, 2011
2:12 pm

CBO on the latest Boehner plan:
“…CBO estimates that the legislation would reduce budget deficits by about $1.1 trillion between 2012 and 2021.” And “Establish procedures to increase the debt limit by up to $2.5 trillion,”

CBO on the latest Reid plan:
“CBO estimates that the legislation would reduce budget deficits by about $2.2 trillion between 2012 and 2021…” And “Increase the debt limit by $2.7 trillion,”

Now there was a plan to reduce the budget deficits by $4 trillion, $3 trillion in spending cuts and $1 trillion from closing tax loopholes. This is the plan Eric Cantor walked away from a couple of weeks ago.

So instead of budget reductions of $4 trillion it appears we will settle for budget reduction of $1.1 trillion (Boehner plan).

Apparently reducing budget deficits is just not the important item the Tea Party pretended it was last November.

This whole charade is the way we have created a $14.5 trillion National Debt in the last 30 years.
When it comes to cutting spending all we do is talk and pretend.

Coulda, shoulda, woulda.

p/s – See cbo.gov to read the complete reports.

Black Conservative

July 28th, 2011
2:20 pm

Westmoreland is a goon. Remember when he was pushing for the 10 Commandments to be posted in every federal building (courthouses) and when he was asked to recite the 10 Commandments he could not? His stupid supporters thought it was a trick question!!

The state these guy represent has serious employment, infrastructure and education problems. But they all consistently fail to do things that specifically address those concerns for us who live in Georgia.

gsueagle

July 28th, 2011
2:26 pm

hope everyone remembers these so-call conservatve republicans in the election. and vote their fannies out.

Truth

July 28th, 2011
2:28 pm

I think I have come to the Tea Party’s side now. We must stop increasing our debt immediately.

Fayette Citizen

July 28th, 2011
2:30 pm

We need someone to run against Mr. Westmoreland.

The Snark

July 28th, 2011
2:31 pm

Someone should remind Congressman Ranger that the last time Americans refused to compromise, we ended up with 600,000 dead and Reconstruction.

Veteran Observer

July 28th, 2011
2:32 pm

What about the Dems, Jim or do they just march in lockstep with Pelosi and Reid?

R U Kidding Me?

July 28th, 2011
2:36 pm

Goodbye Graves
Goodbye Broun
Goodbye Gingrey

Enjoy your last term in Congress and Good Riddance!

cs

July 28th, 2011
2:36 pm

wow. kingston is going to vote for another one-sided bill. surprise surprise. the lot of them have no credibility. they “serious” about cutting spending then refuse to support a bill to cut taxpayer funded racecars in nastycar. they “serious” about cutting spending then vote to keep sending hundreds of millions of dollars to brazillian cotton growers etc etc etc they “serious” about cutting spending yet approved a 638 billion war mongering bill. they mean what the say too, like passing the bush tax cuts under the condition they would expire later…now they running away from that agreement.

Peter

July 28th, 2011
2:42 pm

Regan raised the debt ceiling 17 times is that correct ?

Ok when Republican’s are president I guess, cause they like Big Government, and Big spending…..in fact WAR is their favorite, since they are Christian !

Peter

July 28th, 2011
2:49 pm

What did George Bush budget for the Iraq War ? 300 Million……hahahaha.

Reminds me of how the Republican’s said the GA 400 toll would be shut down after the road was paid for…. HA HA HA HA !

Seems like the foxes want to run the chicken houses !

But hey don’t raise any taxes the Rich please, they are going to stop shopping at Tiffany’s !

Funny the Republican’s in office are already rich….so Social Security is not their issue, or medicare, or housing, in fact what do Republican’s or Democrat’s in Washington have in common with the American average person ?

That is the problem….the guys in Washington get all for free…….and so they want us to pay to keep their life style going for them.

Cobbian

July 28th, 2011
2:52 pm

All this hoopla over something that won’t pass the Senate and would get vetoed by the President if it did.

Boehner is game playing, trying to act as if his bill is some sort of compromise. It won’t fly. More than 60% of Americans want tax increases included in a deficit deal. Call this what it really is – an empty gesture to the non-Tea Party Republicans and indendents. It is a futile attempt to pretend Boehner is doing something worthwhile and important. The value of the bill is as fake as Boehner’s tan.

Sam I Am

July 28th, 2011
2:56 pm

The Republican controlled house passed a 17 billion increase in the defense budget two weeks ago, I guess cutting costs in a new thing.

td

July 28th, 2011
3:07 pm

RD

July 28th, 2011
1:15 pm

“Tom Price is an absolute disgrace to his constituents”

Really, I am betting 70% of those constituents would disagree with you.

How about this statement: If Lewis, Scott, Barrow and Johnson do not get behind this bill then they are a disgrace to their constituents.

td

July 28th, 2011
3:10 pm

Cobbian

July 28th, 2011
2:52 pm

Where is the Dems plan? Where is the Presidents plan? Why does the Senate pass a plan that can not pass the house?

MB

July 28th, 2011
3:10 pm

Cobbian…

Please show us the 60% of Americans who want a tax increase. The American public is taxed to death and we must have tax relief if we want to have our economy to start growing again.

td

July 28th, 2011
3:12 pm

R U Kidding Me?

July 28th, 2011
2:36 pm

Would you like to lay a bet on that statement?

td

July 28th, 2011
3:19 pm

Peter

July 28th, 2011
2:49 pm

You do realize that the Dems in Congress are way richer then the Republicans?

Jeff

July 28th, 2011
3:24 pm

Obama has increased the debt more than all the previous Presidents combined. Unemployment has risen from 6% when he took office to over 10%. His crazy spending must be stopped. Taxing the rich and big oil is not the answer, it is plain and simple class warfare. The Democrats oldest trick in the book. I have two questions for the Dems. 1. How many poor people have you ever gotten a job from? 2. If you tax the oil companies who will pay the taxes? Answer to question 1 is zero. Answer to question 2 is the people that buy the gas which means every American that drives a car would get a tax increase. Hopefully these points weren’t too complicated for the Libs. to understand. Wake up people. Your Democratic leaders are lying to you.

Coach

July 28th, 2011
3:28 pm

Cobbian, 90% of the people that want tax increases don’t pay taxes. 90% of the people that pay taxes don’t want new taxes.

On the top of that, you should be glad your taxes go to pay all the 49% workforce in the schools in South Georgia.

Red

July 28th, 2011
3:29 pm

Please keep in mind that the Congress was under full control of DEMOCRATS in 2007. So as the economy began its decline, the Democrats remained on a course of irresponsible spending. While W shares his part to this, it was a Democrat controlled Congress (Reid and Pelosi and even Obama when he decided to show up and vote) that were behind this increase in spending. The Democrats did NOTHING to stop it. So if Bush is to blame, then it be logical to blame Democrats who were in Congress during this period – which includes our beloved President as well.

Also keep in mind that spending, even outside of the bailouts and TARP, greatly continued increasing as Democrats gained the White House. So for the past five years Democrats have controlled the budget in Congress and the past three Democrats have also controlled the power of the pen from the White House. The “Blame Bush and Republicans” mantra is old, outdated, and just factually inaccurate.

Before the GOP regained the House, Dems were fully aware of what would happen. They were told this was coming. The fact they continued spending of money we did not have showed they cared less. Instead of addressing the issue they added to it and paid more attention to Obamacare. We see where the priorities were then. So to the fools who keep harping on Republicans, I remind you of who was actually in control of Congress and the White House. Who did NOTHING to stop a problem we ALL were aware of? If Bush is to blame, why did the Democrats just not only continued Bush’s irresponsible policies but added to them? Rubber stamping a bad policy makes you just as guilty.

Coach

July 28th, 2011
3:29 pm

I wish I could lock in futures on loaves of bread.

DannyX

July 28th, 2011
3:30 pm

Well what about state Republicans, why no love for them?

Our Georgia Republican leaders want voters to break their own “no new taxes” pledge by cowardly asking the voters to approve a mangled new regional sales tax. They want to raise taxes.

The Republicans here are responsible for all the high fives going on at the Georgia Power lobbyist offices lately. Republicans handed them a huge windfall, profits at their parent company rocketed up thanks to the Georgia Power residential only rate hike.

Property taxes too high? First thing Republicans did at the start of the Bush recession was to take away the state property tax exemption costing most homeowners $300 a year. Nice thing for those struggling with a mortgage.

Georgia leads the nation in bank failures and our Republican leaders are waist deep in it.

Our governor is broke.

Sonny was begging Obama for stimulus money. He even begged for money on behalf of every single Republican Governor.

Of course the planned state sales/income tax re-do was a disaster that had to be withdrawn it was so bad.

Republicans are crazy, they should not be governing.

CobbCtyCPA

July 28th, 2011
3:32 pm

I emailed Cong. Gingrey this morning to let him know of my opposition to his position and to request that he support, at a minimum, the Speaker’s bill. His understanding of economics, the domestic and global financial markets and governmental finances is clearly not as sophisticated as his constituents need them to be. (Perhaps he should attend some economics courses at Kennesaw State University?) I am sure that my voice will go unheeded as more notable figures than I have pointed out the grave errors of congress continuing on this collision course.

Cong. Gingrey will not be getting my vote during the next election. His opponent will be receiving a campain donation from me in support of an alternative choice for his congressional seat.
(Let’s raise taxes……let’s cut spending. Let us continue to lead this country through the economic disaster that we have all created. We can adjust our fiscal policy later, when the time is proper. As John Maynard Keynes succintly noted, “in the long run, we will all be dead.”

cs

July 28th, 2011
3:36 pm

Jeff

July 28th, 2011
3:24 pm
youre a kook. oil is a commodity. it doesnt matter what the corporate tax rate is for oil companies, it doesnt effect the price at the pump.

RD

July 28th, 2011
3:38 pm

td

Tom Price is an absolute joke in Congress. The man thinks only about himself and not his constituents. I know because I have contacted my representative and he does not hear, although I helped to elect him. Think logically and you know that “compromise” is not a foreign thing….it’s how our democracy has been run for decades and now the chickens have come home to roost. WE NEED LEADERSHIP, not Republican congressional isolationists.

ricardus

July 28th, 2011
3:41 pm

All the above comments prove one thing….there’s not a damn bit of difference between a Republican and a Socialist-democrat. I don’t bother to vote anymore.

RetiredSoldier

July 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

FDR-

I replied tongue in cheek.

RetiredSoldier

July 28th, 2011
3:55 pm

Peter-
Republicans like war?
WWI- Wilson
WWII- Roosevelt
Korea- Truman
Vietnam- Kennedy/Johnson

And your point was?

RL

July 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

CobbCtyCPA

July 28th, 2011
3:32 pm

Well said! I will be doing the same for my Congressman Tom Price… vote against and contribute to opponent.