Republicans want to hold the debt ceiling hostage to enact painful cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits. Democratic leaders are urging President Obama not to deal over the debt ceiling and to deny Republicans their leverage.
Here’s a bit of information that may help that cause. We’ve tallied the votes on previous clean hikes of the debt ceiling, and found that 76 currently-seated House Republicans have voted for clean debt ceiling hikes in the past. Here are their names:
Reps. Jo Bonner (R-AL), Mike Rogers (R-AL), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Don Young (R-AK), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Buck McKeon (R-CA), Edward (Ed) Royce (R-CA), Gary Miller (R-CA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Jeff Miller (R-FL), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), John Mica (R-FL), C. W. Bill Young (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Jack Kingston (R-GA), John (Phil) Gingrey (R-GA), Michael (Mike) Simpson (R-ID), John Shimkus (R-IL), Thomas (Tom) Latham (R-IA), Steve King (R-IA), Edward (Ed) Whitfield (R-KY), Harold (Hal) Rogers (R-KY), Rodney Alexander (R-LA), David (Dave) Camp (R-MI), Frederick (Fred) Upton (R-MI), Michael (Mike) Rogers (R-MI), Candice Miller (R-MI), John Kline (R-MN), Samuel (Sam) Graves (R-MO), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Lee Terry (R-NE), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Christopher (Chris) Smith (R-NJ), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Peter (Pete) King (R-NY), Howard Coble (R-NC), Michael Turner (R-OH), John Boehner (R-OH), Patrick (Pat) Tiberi (R-OH), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Tom Cole (R-OK), Greg Walden (R-OR), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Joseph Pitts (R-PA), Tim Murphy (R-PA), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Samuel (Sam) Johnson (R-TX), Ralph Hall (R-TX), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Joe Barton (R-TX), John Culberson (R-TX), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Kay Granger (R-TX), William (Mac) Thornberry (R-TX), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Michael Burgess (R-TX), John Carter (R-TX), Peter (Pete) Sessions (R-TX), Rob Bishop (R-UT), J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Robert (Bob) Goodlatte (R-VA), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Frank Wolf (R-VA), Doc Hastings (R-WA), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Paul Ryan (R-WI), F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI), Thomas (Tom) Petri (R-WI)
Additionally, 17 currently-seated Republican Senators have voted for a clean debt ceiling hike in the past. Here are their names:
Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), John McCain (R-AZ), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Michael Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Jime Inhofe (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Enzi (R-WY)
This information shows that Republicans have in the past supported clean debt ceiling increases and should help Democrats call the Republican bluff on holding the ceiling hostage.