Schakowsky on Debt Limit

From Algonquin Township’s Congresswoman Jan Schakowski:

Jan Schakowsky

I wish I could tell you that we have reached an agreement on raising the debt ceiling, which is really agreeing to continue paying the debts of the United States, but Republicans continue to insist on massive budget cuts. Cuts which, among many things, would strip health care from thousands of America’s veterans, seniors, and children. The Republicans in Congress are holding our economy and the American people hostage.

Democrats have signed a discharge petition, which is a way to bypass regular procedures in the House, to force a vote on lifting the debt ceiling. We need a simple majority, in other words, five Republicans, to join us for this bill to be brought to the floor and voted on. Further, I joined 65 of my Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to use his powers under the 14th Amendment to allow the Treasury to continue paying our debts instead of accepting a bad deal from Republicans. The American people are counting on us.

For my entire life, I have supported Medicare for All because every person deserves access to affordable, quality, and comprehensive health care. I joined U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Debbie Dingell (MI-06) to celebrate the introduction of the Medicare for All Act. Today, over 85 million people are either uninsured or underinsured. Health care is a human right. We must pass the Medicare for All Act to ensure that all Americans can access the health care they need.

Shakowsky recycles the Obama pitch that not approving an increase in the debt limit will mean Social Security payments will stop.

As Congressman Joe Walsh so aptly pointed out that logic is flawed. (Actually, I remember his saying it was a “lie.”)

The reason?

The President has the power to decide what bills are paid and which are not.


Schakowsky on Debt Limit — 22 Comments

  1. I don’t know why this old gadfly is telling us all this.

    It’s right there on her Wiki Page.

  2. Ask yourself how this dried up prune keeps getting elected in IL. Here’s just 1 of the problems: Maybe someone should wake up Tirio since he’s an expert in all things elections.

    BREAKING: Texas Passes Bill to Become the 9th State to Leave ERIC – TX House Passes Vote to Pull Out of Controversial Voter Roll Scheme – Only 23 States Remain

  3. She gets elected because Evanston is not Trump country and politicians get to select their own voters. It’s gerrymandering. Simple as that.

    ERIC is a good system in theory but idk how it works in practice (I’d have to hear feedback from individual election authorities). But there needs to be some kind of interstate and intrastate database that alerts election authorities when people move to another place or vote in another place. Ideally you want more states signing up for a service like that, not fewer. To the states that are leaving ERIC, what alternative system are they going to use in place of ERIC, JT? Or are they just going to use nothing and cross their fingers that voters don’t lie to them? There’s a lot of irony in the situation: complaining about fraud while leaving a program that is designed to prevent and detect fraud.

    Skinner, you should have waited two days for this article. Her birthday is on the 26th. She is turning 79.

  4. Voter ID with registration card and day of election voting only would solve the problem Correcting. Make the day a voter holiday with day off work. That and pull Runbeck out of the election business. Look what happened in AZ.

    And Monk. You smoke dope and accuse me of losing my mind. That’s rich sport. I guess the TRUTH doesn’t compute with a simp like you.

  5. You wouldn’t know truth if it smacked you in the face.

    Truth is anything that follows your narrative.

    Falsehoods are anything that contradicts your beliefs whether or not either are inherently true or false.

    Belief is not truth.

  6. Prove me wrong flufferboy. Oh that’s right. You’re too lazy and uninformed.

  7. The TRUTH does not compute for simps apparently. Blah blah blah is the best response a troll can come up with. PRICELESS

  8. Yeah, you might be right with your 3:08 comment as a potential solution, JT, but don’t you think it’s unrealistic?

    Vote dot org says only Alabama, Connecticut, and New Hampshire do not have early in-person voting and all 50 states allow mail-in voting (with some mandating it).

    Each state does not have control over what another state will do (and in Illinois you won’t be able to pass voter ID). It makes more sense, given the political reality, to have some kind of system/database that the states use.

    The devil is in the details. I’m not here to defend ERIC per se but the concept of it is solid.

    I don’t think ERIC actually manages voter rolls; that’s done by individual county clerks. ERIC, to my understanding, sends the election authorities notifications about people moving around and it’s up to the clerk to act on it. I may be wrong but that is what it sounded like when I read about it! If you have any articles that detail WHAT ERIC does and how it works, go ahead and post them.

    But I see gerrymandering, demographics, captured media, captured education, crooked clerks, crooked poll workers, kangaroo courts, and other things as threats. Not ERIC. Not sure why people — usually Republicans — have such a rageboner for attacking ERIC without understanding it when there is concrete stuff right under their noses like ballot harvesting. There are people on camera running around in ski masks and wearing gloves dropping off bundles of ballots. Thugs going door to door harassing people. People going into nursing homes. Why are those people not being tracked down? idk why more attention is not paid to that. That was the premise of “2000 Mules.” They did NOT talk about ERIC. They did NOT talk about voting machines. Has the creator of that film, D’Souza, ever talked about those topics? Those topics are popular in the “election truth” movement e.g. Mike Lindell and his followers, but those people have lost a ton of credibility as far as I am concerned.

    When Arizona was on the horizon in 2022, Republicans were told by these “election truth” folk that they should only vote in-person on the day of election. When election day came, all that had to be done to keep Kari Lake from winning were glitches and power outages that caused delays. People went home, didn’t want to stand in line for hours. This disproportionately affected Lake since it was her supporters who disproportionately voted (or tried to vote) in person on the day of the election.

    If I had to design a way for Kari Lake to LOSE an election, I would have done exactly what these “election truth” folks like Mike Lindell were recommending and what you, JT, recommended people do (vote on the day of the election). In fact, what happened was easily foreseeable and the scenario has been cited as a reason why people should vote *early* instead of waiting for election day. It has been written about on this blog either by myself or someone else. But you guys told people the computer from China was going to hack the machines with the communist sleeper agents using their flip-phones to get on the internet, so we had to vote in person on election day only. Then there were a bunch of problems on election day, and now Kari Lake lost! D’oh!

    So when you post about ERIC, I wonder if it’s more BS like how the election truth people completely biffed the Arizona election with their idiotic advice to millions of midterm voters. When Alabama got out of ERIC last year, some state officials were asked about it by the media. They didn’t seem like they knew what the hell they were talking about or why they were doing what they were doing other than some angry people on social media egged them on.

    The massive amount of problems that AZ faced (commonly reported that 20 percent of all machines) alone should have been cause to hold a new election. idk if SCOTUS is going to hear it. Is there any federal lawsuit over that election? That could be interesting, but idk why you keep expecting SCOTUS to bail out Trump and his allies, JT. They have not had success in courts.

    I would bet against Kari Lake. The hopium has run dry — at least in my fridge, JT.

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