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Several Republican senators—including many who just won re-election and won’t face voters for six more years—voted for more big government and nearly $150 billion to be added to the national debt on Tuesday night. The vote came on the so-called “Doc Fix” which provides taxpayer cash to Medicare provider doctors.
The votes—which came over two separate measures, one offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and the other by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)—found several Republican senators joining Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and all the Senate Democrats to bust through budget spending caps set by the Budget Control Act that McConnell once touted as an achievement worthy of sticking to.
Lee’s amendment would have required spending cuts to offset the increase of $141 billion to the national debt over the next decade. It only required a simple Senate majority—which Republicans clearly have with 54 members—to succeed, but failed with 58 members voting against it. Several Republicans, including McConnell and many others who just won re-election and won’t face voters again for six years, voted against Lee’s amendment.
The Republicans who joined McConnell and all the Democrats to vote for increasing the national debt with the “doc fix” include: Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Dean Heller (R-NV), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), David Perdue (R-GA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).
Of the senators on that list, Alexander, Cassidy, Cochran, Collins, Cornyn, Capito, Perdue, Graham, Tillis, and McConnell each won re-election in 2014 and won’t face voters again until 2020 should they decide to run for re-election again. Cochran, interestingly enough, won his primary thanks to Democrats who crossed over to vote for him against Republican Chris McDaniel in a runoff where McDaniel got—by even team Cochran’s admissions—60 percent of the GOP vote. Hatch won’t face voters ever again, as he has announced his current term in the U.S. Senate will be his last.
Written by MATTHEW BOYLE- Breitbart
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