Tennessee ‘No’s’ On Debt Ceiling Vote

To understand the problem U.S. House leaders have in cobbling together an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, you need look no further than Tennessee. The final proposal to be voted on remains fluid and various proposals are out there—but it appears unlikely that any of the seven Republican House members in the state delegation will vote to raise the debt ceiling.

Congressmen Stephen Fincher, Scott DesJarlais, Diane Black, and Chuck Fleischmann were newly elected in 2010. Most of them will likely have primary opposition anyway, but if they vote for the debt ceiling they will be giving an opponent a club with which to beat them. Congressman Jimmy Duncan has never voted for a raise in the debt ceiling, so why would he this time?

Congressmen Marsha Blackburn and Phillip Roe are also deficit hawks who have long railed against government spending.

Thus, Tennessee has two Democratic members of the delegation in Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen who might vote for the final deficit package—but that is by no means certain.

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mickeywhite writes:

Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension.

Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

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