An amazing thing happened in Washington last week. With the total national debt about to top $20 trillion and on an unsustainable long-term path, 376 members of the House of Representatives voted for one of two Fiscal Year 2017 budget resolutions that would add another $9.1 trillion to the debt over next 10 years.
One version was passed by the House with 227 Republican votes. Nine Republicans voted in opposition. The other version was a Democratic amendment that was defeated with 37 Democrats voting in opposition.
That means only 46 members of the House (9 Republicans and 37 Democrats) voted against adding $9.1 trillion to the debt.
Both budget resolutions contained roughly the same recommended levels of spending, revenues and debt. The main difference was that the Republican version contained a fast-track procedure (“reconciliation”) to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).
Earlier in the week, the Senate also approved a version of the budget resolution that would add $9.1 trillion to the debt with only one Republican, Rand Paul of Kentucky, voting in opposition.
It is not easy to vote against a budget resolution or amendment put forward by the party leadership, no matter how fiscally responsible that vote may be....