Shelby, Sessions, Brooks, Aderholt, Roby Vote Against Bill to Lift Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON D.C. (WHNT) – The Senate and The House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday night to end the government shutdown and avert a possible default, however, Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, along with Congressmen Mo Brooks, Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, and Congresswoman Martha Roby all voted against that measure.

Senator Shelby, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a press release that he is firmly opposed to the legislation.

“We should fund the government and safeguard the full faith and credit of the United States.  We should do both, however, by putting our nation on a more responsible fiscal path.  This legislation fails to do so,” said Shelby.

Shelby argued that this legislation “kicks the can down the road,” while U.S. spending continues and the national debt grows.

Sessions, the ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, said in a press release that he wouldn’t support a measure that increased the debt limit without cutting spending.

“In the last five years, Washington spent more than $15 trillion and added more than $6 trillion to the debt. Never has so great a sum been spent for so little in return. Despite this huge stimulus spending, wages are lower than in 1999 and nearly 60 million working-age Americans aren’t working. Fewer people are employed today than in 2007,” said Sessions.

Sessions said his goal is to push for a national reform that serves working Americans.

“Now is not the time to pivot to the next issue. We’ll hit a new debt limit next year. We must stay focused on the central issue,” said Sessions.  “Struggling workers deserve a sound financial future – one with better wages, better incomes, and a better plan than borrowing money to mail more government checks.”

Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) cited no answers to decades of financial irresponsibility and out of control spending as reasons why he voted against the bill to reopen the partially shutdown government and raise the debt ceiling.

“While it is good to fully open the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, it is necessary that Washington do it in a financially responsible way,” said Brooks in a press release.  “Today’s Senate bill is financially irresponsible.  It further deteriorates America’s financial solvency and, over the long haul, creates an unhealthy funding environment that will slowly but surely bleed NASA and national defense of the money they need to carry out their missions.”

33 comments

    • Branko Pezdi

      So defending the Constitution and trying to curtail the Big Brother federal government behemoth and its runaway spending for parasites on the backs of producers is a “joke”. Hokaaaayyyy…. Cheers!

      • Wake Up

        Yes, Branko, that is correct. You are finally getting it just as the rest of America is getting it — the tea party is a joke!

      • Branko Pezdi

        To “Wake Up”: yes, it is truly sad that so many Obama supporters such as yourself think that the Constitution is a joke. Frankly, with all due respect, it is people such s yourself who have set this country on the path to insolvency, tyranny and decline. The only hope the USA has is that enough people really WILL wake up. This is highly unlikely, however, as the statist, anti-Constitution, anti-freedom, progressivist establishment has succeeded over the past century in seizing the reins of power in the political, educational, entertainment, and mass media areas, leaving the majority of Americans now brainwashed, ignorant of history and economics, and dependent on government largesse. Mitt Romney was entirely correct in his 47% comment, except he was off in his number. The tipping point has been reached and the number of parasites is now over 50%. You see, “progressivism” does not derive from the word “progress”, it derives from the word “progression”, incrementalism, in other words. This is classic takeover strategy first outlined by Karl Marx and practiced by his disciples ever since, from Lenin to Hitler to Stalin to Mao to Saul Alinsky. The assault on American Constitutional freedoms has been underway from the Left for more than a century, and yes, congratulations, you guys are not only winning the battle, you most likely have already won. What will eventually shock you, however, is the inevitable economic and societal collapse that will arrive sooner than you think.

        Well, cheers anyway!

  • David Coleman

    Good job Alabama senators. Keep up the fight against Obamacare and raising the debt. If Obamacare was a good idea, it wouldn’t require a law to force into it.

  • Michael Kewl

    IT”S OVER” is like Rocky#39…IT ain’t over and in 3 months it starts all OVER again!!!

    Our Senators stood their ground for the correct reason they should have…Federal spending is out of control with no end to the borrowing of our children’s future!!!

    • Wake Up

      Alabama receives more federal funds then we pay in taxes into the federal government. Alabama is on of those states that are riding in the wagon and not pulling the wagon!

      • bob

        Weak up, Like your lib hero , these Senators won their election to. I see you like my wagon posts. Did you get your federal funds information, From MSNBC, or The Huffington Post?

      • Branko Pezdi

        Wake Up, you’re presenting a deceptive argument. The reasons are largely demographic. From the Tax Foundation:

        33 states and the District of Columbia get back more Federal tax dollars than they pay in. Ironically, considering the Republican Party champions low taxes and cutting Federal taxes, 21 of the 33 states who get back more than the taxpayers in those states pay in are also states who voted for John McCain in 2008. In effect, the wealthier Blue states are subsidizing poorer, more rural Red states…much as urban counties usually subsidize rural counties on the state tax level albeit the red-leaning suburbs of urban areas (map showing red and blue counties at bottom) subsidize the dark blue super-urban inner cities of metropolitan areas. The blue city propers typically are net receivers of federal funds.

        States with large military or Federal labs (typically in the South and West) appear to get more in Federal dollars. Large urban areas receive substantially more federal funds in the form of social welfare spending, as do minority-heavy rural areas particularly in the South. Large, urban states pay more in than they get back although it’s unclear whether the larger outflow derives from red- or blue-minded taxpayers in those urban blue states (eg Wall Street in NY).

        The fact remains that in this country fewer and fewer producers are supporting more and more parasites. This trend has been accelerated to unprecedented levels under the Obama administration. Cheers!

      • bob

        Weak up , we know you do not watch fox news, and I know you did not get it from Huffington Post, or MSNBC. it ok to tell everyone you got the wagon line from me.

      • Wake Up

        Studies show that states that elect Democrats contribute the most in federal taxes relative to what they consume in government services. Conversely, many states that elect Republicans contribute the least in taxes relative to the services they consume. This is true even though many Democratic states contain large, poor, urban populations of color.

        Here’s the evidence: The 10 “Tax Producing States” contribute the most in tax revenues relative to the services they consume. They usually vote Democratic. The ten “Tax Dependent States” consume the most in government services relative to the taxes they pay. And they usually vote Republican.

        More detailed analysis confirms this pattern. Even the libertarians at the journal Reason acknowledge this so-called “Red/Blue Paradox.”

        The same imbalance prevails within states, at the county level. The Blue counties contribute the most state taxes relative to the services they consume. The Red counties consume the most services relative to the taxes they pay. For example, a recent study documented the pattern in Washington state. King County, the solidly-Democratic county that surrounds Seattle, provides “nearly 42% of the state’s tax revenues, yet receives only 25% of the money spend from Washington’s general fund.” Conversely, five counties that require the most in services relative to the taxes they pay are largely Republican.

        California shows a similar pattern. Republican Modoc and Tulare Counties consume the most in taxpayer-funded services from the state on a per-capita basis. Says San Francisco Chronicle writer Kevin Fagan: “The prevailing attitude among the right-wing ranchers and modern hippies who define Modoc County is of fierce self-reliance—but more people here than just about anywhere else depend on welfare checks of some kind to get by.” In contrast, famously liberal San Francisco and Marin Counties generate the most tax revenues for the state on a per capita basis.

        Why do people in Red states and counties resent government spending so passionately even as they need so much of it? The central problem is poverty. Many of the residents of these counties are poor. They are ill-prepared to make a decent living no matter how hard they tug on their own bootstraps. For example, in California’s conservative Modoc county only 12 percent of adults over 25 have a bachelor’s degree. Nearly 20 percent live below the poverty line. Many Modoc residents can’t afford to send their children to college. They need government programs to survive, let alone improve their financial outlook.

        Without government support it’s hard to see a way to break the cycle of poverty and dependence. At least so far, the formula of small government, limited services, low investment, and low taxes that conservative states have implemented for themselves hasn’t helped their economies much.

        This situation would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. When a tax protester yelled “Keep your government hands off my Medicare” many scoffed at that one person’s ignorance. But most Americans who rail against taxes and the size of government are profoundly unaware that taxes they hate fund the programs they want and need. And they are unaware that the states and counties inhabited by “welfare queens” and “freeloading illegals” are actually sending them the money that keeps them fed, cared for, and educated.

        Source: The US News and World Report

    • Wake Up

      Branko, studies show that states that elect Democrats contribute the most in federal taxes relative to what they consume in government services. Conversely, many states that elect Republicans contribute the least in taxes relative to the services they consume. This is true even though many Democratic states contain large, poor, urban populations of color.

      Here’s the evidence: The 10 “Tax Producing States” contribute the most in tax revenues relative to the services they consume. They usually vote Democratic. The ten “Tax Dependent States” consume the most in government services relative to the taxes they pay. And they usually vote Republican.

      More detailed analysis confirms this pattern. Even the libertarians at the journal Reason acknowledge this so-called “Red/Blue Paradox.”

      The same imbalance prevails within states, at the county level. The Blue counties contribute the most state taxes relative to the services they consume. The Red counties consume the most services relative to the taxes they pay. For example, a recent study documented the pattern in Washington state. King County, the solidly-Democratic county that surrounds Seattle, provides “nearly 42% of the state’s tax revenues, yet receives only 25% of the money spend from Washington’s general fund.” Conversely, five counties that require the most in services relative to the taxes they pay are largely Republican.

      California shows a similar pattern. Republican Modoc and Tulare Counties consume the most in taxpayer-funded services from the state on a per-capita basis. Says San Francisco Chronicle writer Kevin Fagan: “The prevailing attitude among the right-wing ranchers and modern hippies who define Modoc County is of fierce self-reliance—but more people here than just about anywhere else depend on welfare checks of some kind to get by.” In contrast, famously liberal San Francisco and Marin Counties generate the most tax revenues for the state on a per capita basis.

      Why do people in Red states and counties resent government spending so passionately even as they need so much of it? The central problem is poverty. Many of the residents of these counties are poor. They are ill-prepared to make a decent living no matter how hard they tug on their own bootstraps. For example, in California’s conservative Modoc county only 12 percent of adults over 25 have a bachelor’s degree. Nearly 20 percent live below the poverty line. Many Modoc residents can’t afford to send their children to college. They need government programs to survive, let alone improve their financial outlook.

      Without government support it’s hard to see a way to break the cycle of poverty and dependence. At least so far, the formula of small government, limited services, low investment, and low taxes that conservative states have implemented for themselves hasn’t helped their economies much.

      This situation would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. When a tax protester yelled “Keep your government hands off my Medicare” many scoffed at that one person’s ignorance. But most Americans who rail against taxes and the size of government are profoundly unaware that taxes they hate fund the programs they want and need. And they are unaware that the states and counties inhabited by “welfare queens” and “freeloading illegals” are actually sending them the money that keeps them fed, cared for, and educated.

      Source: The US News and World Report

  • Sophia Burwell

    As usual Alabama’s reps vote against. when we lose all the federal money to other states maybe they will wake up.

  • JIMMY DEAN

    THE REPUBLICANS WAS RIGHT TO GIVE RATHER THAN GO TO DEFAULT .OBAMA WOULD NOT HE WANTS TO BE A DICTATOR AND FORGET CONGRESS .MAYBE IN THREE MONTHS AMERICANS WILL SEE WHAT OBAMACARE REALLY IS AND DEFUND IT

  • Bill

    Sessions and Shelby are on Budget and Appropriations committees. They deal directly with the problem every day. It comes down to do we need health care or a new jet fighter. If the money from influence groups is followed you find out why health care is opposed and new defense stuff approved.

  • allan

    sophia, are you on assistance? that’s the only reason i can figure a comment like that!
    alabama has more people on assistance than people who work, we need jobs in this state,and off of any federal assistance!

  • shell

    It is hard for me to understand why so many Americans are missing the point. Look at the stocks. When all of this started the stock market went down several hundred points. Now it is going back up again. Wake up – who do you think started buying stocks or having stocks bought for them when it was way down, knowing stocks would begin to go up as soon as a deal was announced. And who do you think is going to make millions of dollars now that the stock market is going up again? The answer is – most of the people running the Government in Washington. They make millions while the average middle-income and retirees have to foot the bill. Vote these people out of office; come next election and lets start with a whole new Senate and House of Representatives, and of course a new president. It is only when the middle-income and retirees of America begin to put pressure on Washington, things “MIGHT” begin to change some for the better. The future of our children and grand-children are at stake; not to mention the future of the United States.

  • Mickey Horan

    I would like to know where these guys come up with their numbers. i bet if we could see the real numbers most people would be surprized how inflated these numbers are. People need to start reading for themselves and not listen to people who only do what the party says and not the people who they are suppose to represent. They voted against the people, if this would have kept up how many people do you think would not be able to pay their bills and not just government workers. Wake up and lets get some new blood up their who might work for us. If they don’t we vote them out next time.

  • Dan

    At least Mconnell got Kentucky $3B of gubermint money out of the shutdown deal – for a federal spending project that is already late and over budget. This while simultaneously holding the line against out of control spending. Shelby & Sessions should have taken the same principled stand, LOL

  • Bill

    The President said it today. If the Republicans want to change policy they need to WIN elections. I’m a Republican and we need to get off our asses and get folks out ot vote!!!!! My mother had a saying “that only BAD politicans get in because GOOD people DON’T vote”. When the polls open on any of the next elections…local or national, get up and grap your neighbors and VOTE. Agree to pick folks up and take them to the polls. It worked for Obama and the democrates. Just don’t let them vote more than once and make sure their still alive.

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