"While it is far from perfect, the two-step plan includes historic spending cuts and statutory caps, ensures a vote on a balanced budget amendment, provides framework for entitlement reform, and includes no tax increases. ... The time is overdue for the Senate to follow our lead and support this legislation to end unsustainable spending -- a barrier to putting Americans back to work -- and put this nation back on a fiscally responsible path."
Rep. John Kline, R
"I voted in favor of the plan today with great reservation. ... The debate is squarely where it belongs: How we cut the wasteful spending that is putting America at risk."
Rep. Erik Paulsen, R
"There are two components I've been researching. ... Big thing for me ... will it affect downgrade? This bill does not affect downgrade. The second question I had for myself, does it have a long-term deficit reduction plan? This bill does not have a long-term deficit reduction plan, so I can't support it."
Rep. Chip Cravaack, R
"This bill would cost an untold number of Americans their jobs, stunt our already fragile recovery, and destroy vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. ... The stakes are too high now for us to continue this way. If there were ever a time for Republicans to put aside ideological attacks for the good of the country, now is that time."
Rep. Keith Ellison, D
"With our economy extremely fragile and 14 million Americans out of work, it is unfathomable that the Republican Tea Party controlled House of Representatives would risk our economic future by playing more political games with the debt ceiling ... It is time to end the political games."
Rep. Betty McCollum, D
"None of us want to see our economy crippled. Democrats don't want it, Republicans don't want it. ... It's time for us to work together to show the American people that Washington isn't broken."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D
"One of the big reasons our economic recovery is faltering is uncertainty. The Boehner bill would compound that uncertainty by forcing another vote on the debt ceiling just six months from now."
Sen. Al Franken, D
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