NRSC - Refusing to negotiate

President Obama and Harry Reid are refusing to negotiate on common sense spending reforms so that Congress can responsibly increase America's debt limit.  Meanwhile, a recent CBS poll says 75% of Americans disapprove of Washington Democrats’ hardline, outside the mainstream position to raise the debt limit without conditions.  In fact, the CBS poll shows that only 23% of Americans agree with their demand. 

Jeanne Shaheen has repeatedly voted to increase the debt limit, supporting increases attached to other items like $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and the President’s own failed stimulus. 

Feel free to attribute the following quote to me:

"The problem for Jeanne Shaheen is that her party has controlled Washington for the last five dysfunctional years, so voters see them as part of the problem not part of the solution.  If any individual called the bank and asked for an increase in credit, their bank would require demonstrable evidence that the individual was fiscally responsible and capable of repaying their spending before agreeing to the increase.  In light of our $16.7 trillion debt, does Jeanne Shaheen actually believe that Washington has spent taxpayer dollars responsibly?  Shaheen has helped max out the government credit card with debt and handed the tab to our children and grandchildren without any intention of ever paying her bill.”


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Shaheen Has Voted For Debt Ceiling Increases That Weren’t “Clean”


In August 2011, Shaheen Voted For The Debt Ceiling Increase That Included A Requirement To Find $1.2 Trillion In Savings Over The Next Decade. (S. 365, CQ Vote #123: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the bill for the president, 74-26: R 28-19; D 45-6; I 1-1, 8/2/11, Shaheen Voted Yea)


  • ·         (Lori Montgomery, “Obama Signs Debt Bill After Senate Passage,” The Washington Post, 8/3/11)


In February 2009, Shaheen Voted For A Debt Ceiling Increase As Part Of The $833 Billion Stimulus Spending Bill. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #64: Adopted 60-38; R 3-38; D 55-0; I 2-0, 2/13/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)



Brook Hougesen

Press Secretary

National Republican Senatorial Committee