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House Passes Cut, Cap & Balance Act

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act on Tuesday night 234-190 in a vote divided largely down partisan lines.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, praised the House for passing the legislation, which he noted will “stop the Washington spending binge and rein in the deficits that are hurting job growth.”

“Americans are still asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’  And while President Obama simply talks tough about cutting spending, House Republicans are taking action. ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ is exactly the kind of ‘balanced’ approach the White House has asked for,” Boehner said in a statement following the bill’s passage. “It provides President Obama with the debt limit increase he’s requested while making real spending cuts now and restraining future government spending and debt that are hurting job growth.”

Boehner called on President Obama to abandon his veto threat, and urged Senate Democrats to reconsider their opposition and pass the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan.

Democrats were nearly unanimous in their opposition to the bill, although Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Jim Matheson (Utah) , Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Heath Shuler (N.C.) all joined the Republicans in supporting the measure.

Nine Republicans, including presidential hopefuls Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), and Ron Paul (Texas), voted against the measure.

Bachmann explained her opposition to the bill during a floor speech leading into the vote: “While I embrace the principles of Cut, Cap and Balance, the motion does not go far enough in fundamentally restructuring the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars. The principles found in this bill are a step in the right direction toward the fundamental restructuring we need in the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars,” Bachmann said. “We can meet our obligations, keep our bond rating and keep our promises, but we have to make the tough choices now to turn our economy around and put Americans back to work.”

The other Republicans joining Bachmann and Paul in voting against the legislation were Reps. Paul Broun (Ga.), Francisco Canseco (Texas), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Morgan Griffith (Va.), Walter Jones (Va.), Connie Mack (Fla.) and Dana Rohrabacher (California).

The bill now heads to the Senate, where it is faces still opposition from Democrats.

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