Jim McDermott on Deficits and Debt

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Voting Record

Braun Amendment to Cut Spending

In June of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Braun of Georgia. The measure would have cut spending for the Congressional Research Service by $878,000 in the Legislative Branch appropriations bill. The amendment passed 214-189. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Gosar Amendment to Cut Spending

In June of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Gosar of Arizona. The measure would have cut spending for the Botanic Garden by $1.2 million in the Legislative Branch approprations bill. The amendment passed 213-193. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Polis Amendment to Cut Spending

In June of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Polis of Colorado. The measure would have made an across-the-board reduction of 2 percent in the DHS approps bill's discretionary spending, with some exceptions.The amendment failed 99-316. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Broun Amendment to Cut Spending

In June of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Broun of Georgia. The measure would have cut spending for all of the administrative expense accounts in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill by 3 percent, with some exceptions.The amendment failed 140-273. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Flake Amendment to Cut Spending

In June of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Flake of Arizona. The measure would have made an across-the-board reduction of 0.27 percent in the E&W approps bill's discretionary spending. The amendment failed 144-274. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Mulvaney Amendment to Cut Spending

In June of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Mulvaney of South Carolina. The measure would have cut spending in the E&W approps bill by 24 percent, with some exceptions.The amendment failed 125-293. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Blackburn Amendment to Cut Spending

In June of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Blackburn of Tennessee. The measure would have made an across-the-board cut of 1 percent in the E&W approps bill's discretionary spending. The amendment failed 157-261. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Chabot Amendment to Cut Spending

In June of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Chabot of Ohio. The measure would have eliminated all funding in the E&W approps bill for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Delta Regional Authority, Denali Commission, Northern Border Regional Commission and Southeast Crescent Regional Commission. The amendment failed 141-276. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Burgess Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Burgess of Texas. The measure would have cut spending for defense nuclear nonproliferation activities by $100 million in the E&W approps bill. The amendment failed 168-249. Jim McDermott voted in favor of the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of the spending cut.

McClintock Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman McClintock of California. The measure would have eliminated all funding in the E&W approps bill for fossil fuel programs. The amendment failed 138-249. Jim McDermott voted in favor of the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of the spending cut.

McClintock Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman McClintock of California. The measure would have cut spending for nuclear energy activities by $514 million in the E&W approps bill. The amendment failed 106-281. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

McClintock Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman McClintock of California. The measure would have eliminated all funding provided in the E&W approps bill for renewable energy programs. The amendment failed 113-275. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Chaffetz Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Chaffetz of Utah. The measure would have cut spending for energy efficiency and renewable energy activities by $74 million in the Energy & Water (E&W) appropriations bill. The amendment failed 140-245. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Broun Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Broun of Georgia. The measure would have cut spending in the CJS approps bill by 12.2 percent. The amendment failed 105-307. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Blackburn Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Blackburn of Tennessee. The measure would have cut spending in the CJS approps bill by 1 percent. The amendment failed 160-251. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Scott Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Scott of Georgia. The measure would have eliminated all funding provided in the CJS approps bill for the Legal Services Corporation. The amendment failed 122-289. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Westmoreland Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Westmoreland of Georgia. The measure would have cut spending for the Legal Services Corporation by $128 million in the CJS approps bill.The amendment failed 165-246. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Flake Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Flake of Arizona. The measure would have cut spending for the National Science Foundation by $1.2 billion in the CJS approps bill. The amendment failed 121-291. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Broun Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Broun of Georgia. The measure would have cut spending for expenses associated with the restoration of Pacific salmon populations by $15 million. The amendment failed 168-239. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Harris Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Harris of Maryland. The measure would have cut spending for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by $542,000. The amendment passed 219-189. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Quayle Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Quayle of Arizona. The measure would have cut spending for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) by $21 million. The amendment failed 147-259. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Pompeo Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Pompeo of Kansas. The measure would have cut spending for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) by $219.5 million. The amendment failed 129-279. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Scalise Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Scalise of Louisiana. The measure would have cut spending for the Economic Development Administration by $7.5 million and reduce funding for the Commerce Department by $10.7 million in the CJS appropriations bill. The amendment failed 174-233. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

McClintock Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman McClintock of California. The measure would have cut spending for the International Trade Administration by $277.8 million in the CJS approps bill.The amendment failed, 121-287. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Broun Amendment to Cut Spending

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congressman Broun of Georgia. The measure would have cut spending in the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill by about 3 percent.The amendment failed, 137-270. Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Jim McDermott voted against the spending cut.

Balanced Budget Amendment

In November of 2011, the House voted on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. This particular amendment would have required a three-fifths rollcall vote of each chamber for the congress to spend more than it took in and to increase the public debt limit. It also authorized waivers when a declaration of war is in effect or under other specified circumstances involving military conflict. The measure did not achieve the 3/5 needed to pass in a 261-165 vote. Jim McDermott voted against the balanced budget amendment.

Jim McDermott voted against the balanced budget amendment.

Budget Control Act of 2011

In August of 2011, the House voted on the Budget Control Act of 2011. The legislation raised the debt ceiling in increments and created a committee to find cuts in the budget or other methods to lower the deficit. The measure passed 269-161. Jim McDermott voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Jim McDermott voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011

In July of 2011, the House voted on legislation to cut spending on discretionary and other items, cap the amount the federal government can spend as a function of GDP, and require a balanced budget. The legisaltion also provided for an increase in the debt limit. The measure passed the House in a 234-190 vote. Jim McDermott voted against the cut, cap, and balance plan.

Jim McDermott voted against the cut, cap, and balance plan.

Increasing the statutory debt limit

In May of 2011, the House voted on an increase in the statutory debt limit from $14.294 trillion to $16.7 trillion. The increase failed to pass by a vote of 97-318. It was never voted on in the Senate. Jim McDermott voted in favor of the debt ceiling increase.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of the debt ceiling increase.

Return to 2008 Spending Levels

In January of 2011, the House voted on a bill to reduce spending on non-security items to fiscal year 2008 levels. The measure passed 254-165. Jim McDermott voted against reducing spending to 2008 levels.

Jim McDermott voted against reducing spending to 2008 levels.

Debt Ceiling Increase to $14.294 Trillion

In February of 2010, the House voted to pass legislation that dealt with PAYGO rules and increased the debt ceiling to $14.294 trillion. The vote passed 233-187. Jim McDermott voted in favor of the debt increase.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of the debt increase.

Increasing the Debt Ceiling to $12.394 trillion

In December of 2009, the House voted to increase the debt ceiling to $12.394 trillion. The measure passed 218-214. Jim McDermott voted in favor of increasing the debt limit.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of increasing the debt limit.

Stimulus - Debt Ceiling Increase to $12.104 trillion

In January of 2009, the House voted to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - otherwise known as the stimulus. The act passed 244-188 and contained language to increase the debt ceiling to $12.104 trillion. Jim McDermott voted to pass the legislation that contained a debt ceiling increase.

Jim McDermott voted to pass the legislation that contained a debt ceiling increase.

TARP - Debt Ceiling Increase to $11.315 trillion

In October of 2008, the House voted to pass the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act - TARP. Within the act, the debt limit was increased to $11.315 trillion. The legislation passed the House 263-171. Jim McDermott voted against increasing the debt limit to $11.315 trillion.

Jim McDermott voted against increasing the debt limit to $11.315 trillion.

Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 - Debt Ceiling Increase to $10.615 trillion

In August of 2007, the House passed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Included in that legislation was an increase to the debt ceiling to $10.615 trillion. The legislation passed the House 241-172. Jim McDermott voted in favor of the legislation to increase the debt ceiling.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of the legislation to increase the debt ceiling.

Congressional Budget - Raising the Debt Ceiling to $9.815 trillion

In May of 2007, the House voted to pass the budget for that year. Within the budget was a measure that increased the debt ceiling to $9.815 trillion. The budget passed 214-209. Jim McDermott voted in favor of the budget which contained a debt ceiling increase to $9.815 trillion.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of the budget which contained a debt ceiling increase to $9.815 trillion.

Budget - Debt Ceiling Increase to $8.965 trillion

In April of 2005, the House passed H Con Res 95 which was the budget. Within that legislation was language to increase the debt ceiling to $8.965 trillion. The legislation passed 214-211. Jim McDermott voted against the legislation that increased the debt ceiling to $8.965 trillion.

Jim McDermott voted against the legislation that increased the debt ceiling to $8.965 trillion.

Debt Ceiling Increase to $8.184 trillion

In November of 2004, the House passed legislation to increase the debt ceiling to $8.184 trillion. The legislation passed 208-204. Jim McDermott cast a "No Vote"

Debt Ceiling Increase to $7.384 trillion

In April of 2003, the House passed a budget that contained an increase in the debt ceiling to $7.384 trillion. This measure passed the House 216-211. Jim McDermott voted against the budget which included the debt ceiling increase.

Jim McDermott voted against the budget which included the debt ceiling increase.

Debt Ceiling Increase to $6.4 trillion

In June of 2002, the House voted to pass legislation to enact an increase to the debt ceiling to $6.4 trillion. The measure passed 215-214. Jim McDermott voted against the debt ceiling increase to $6.4 trillion.

Jim McDermott voted against the debt ceiling increase to $6.4 trillion.

Balanced Budget Act - Debt Ceiling Increase to $5.95 trillion

In June of 1997, the House passed the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. This legislation included an increase in the debt ceiling to $5.95 trillion and a line item veto for the President which was later ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The measure initially passed the House in roll call 241, and it's final passage was in roll call 345 346-85. Jim McDermott voted against this legislation, which included an increase in the debt ceiling to $5.95 trillion.

Jim McDermott voted against this legislation, which included an increase in the debt ceiling to $5.95 trillion.

Debt Limit Extension

On March 28, 1996 the House voted on legislation to permanently increase the debt limit to $5,500,000,000,000. The measure passed 328-91. Jim McDermott voted against increasing the debt limit.

Jim McDermott voted against increasing the debt limit.

Debt Ceiling Increase to $4.37 trillion

On April 1, 1993 the House voted in favor of increasing the debt ceiling to $4.37 trillion 237-177. The legislation was not voted on in the Senate, but passed through unanimously. Jim McDermott voted in favor of increasing the debt ceiling to $4.37 trillion.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of increasing the debt ceiling to $4.37 trillion.

TO PROVIDE FOR A TEMPORARY INCREASE IN THE PUBLIC DEBT LIMIT

On August 3, 1990, the House voted to temporarily raise the debt limit to $3,195,000,000,000. The measure succeeded 247-172. Jim McDermott voted in favor of increasing the debt limit.

Jim McDermott voted in favor of increasing the debt limit.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 413; Defense and Deficit Reduction Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits the aggregate funds appropriated or otherwise made available for military functions administered by the Department of Defense (DOD) from exceeding: (1) in the case of FY2011, the aggregate for FY2008; and (2) in the case of FY2012-FY2016, the aggregate for the previous fiscal year. Excludes military personnel pay and benefits in the determination of such aggregate funds. Requires all resulting savings to be used for deficit reduction.

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