NRSC - As Democrats Seek To Raise Debt Ceiling By $1.8 Trillion, Hodes Passes Pork-Laden Omnibus

Vote Comes As Budget Deficit Hits $120.3 Billion For November

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Democrat Senate hopeful U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) helped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rush a 1,088-page $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill through Congress. The bill that Hodes voted to pass was chock full of 5,224 earmarks for pet projects, such as “trails,” “an arts pavilion,” and “bus shelters” nationwide.

Hodes’ vote came on the same day that House Democrats signaled they would try to increase the debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion – nearly double the amount that President Obama requested. According to Politico, “In a bold but risky year-end strategy, Democrats are preparing to raise the federal debt ceiling by as much as $1.8 trillion before New Year's rather than have to face the issue again prior to the 2010 elections.”

 “It’s astonishing that Paul Hodes would have the audacity to ram though a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill with more than 5,000 earmarks on the same day that House Democrats indicated they would seek to raise the debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand.

The news of Hodes’ vote also came as the Treasury Department announced that the November 2009 deficit totaled $120.3 billion. In the last month alone, the federal government borrowed more than $4 billion each day, or $167 million every hour. According to the Associated Press, the Obama Administration “expects the 2010 deficit will set a new record at $1.5 trillion.”

 “As the Treasury Department indicated yesterday, the record level of deficit spending that Paul Hodes has voted for this year is simply shocking,” Wilkerson Marchand continued. “As he seeks a promotion to the U.S. Senate next year, there’s no doubt that Paul Hodes will be forced to answer for his out-of-control spending habits when he faces his fiscally responsible constituents in November.”