Sherrod Brown on Deficits and Debt

Last Updated : Nov 05, 2012

Summary

Voting Record

Since Senator Brown has been in office, he has voted on 14 separate increases to the debt ceiling. He supported the first few debt ceiling raises in 1996 and 1997, opposed the next 5 increases from 2000 to 2007, and has supported the the next 6 increases from 2008 and beyond.

Legislative History

Senator Brown has co-sponsored a balanced budget amendment, the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, and the Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act of 2011.

 

Voting Record

Budget Control Act of 2011

In August of 2011, the Senate 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 74-26. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the Budget Control Act.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the Budget Control Act.

Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011

In July of 2011, the Senate 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 failed to pass the Senate and was tabled in a 51-46 vote along party lines. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of tabling the bill and thus opposed the cut, cap, and balance plan.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of tabling the bill and thus opposed the cut, cap, and balance plan.

Increasing the Debt Ceiling to $14.294 Trillion

In January of 2010, the Senate voted on PAYGO legislation that also increased the limit on the national debt ceiling to $14.294 trillion. The legislation passed 60-39. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the debt increase.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the debt increase.

Stimulus - Debt Ceiling Increase to $12.104 trillion

In February of 2009, the Senate passed the stimulus bill - officially named the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The act contained language to increase the debt ceiling to $12.104 trillion and passed 61-37. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of passing the legislation that increased the debt ceiling to $12.104 trillion.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of passing the legislation that increased the debt ceiling to $12.104 trillion.

Increasing the Debt Ceiling to $12.394 trillion

In December of 2009, the Senate voted to increase the debt ceiling to $12.394 trillion. The measure passed 60-39. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of increasing the debt limit.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of increasing the debt limit.

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

In April of 2008, the Senate 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 Senate 84-12. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the legislation to increase the debt ceiling.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the legislation to increase the debt ceiling.

TARP - Debt Ceiling Increase to $11.315 trillion

In October of 2008, the Senate passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act - the TARP. The legislation included an increase in the debt ceiling to $11.3115 trillion. The legislation passed 74-25. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the legislation to increase the debt ceiling to $11.315 trillion.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the legislation to increase the debt ceiling to $11.315 trillion.

Increasing the debt ceiling to $9.815 trillion

In September of 2007, the Senate voted to pass a measure that increased the debt ceiling to $9.815 trillion. The measure passed 53-42. Sherrod Brown voted against increasing the debt ceiling to $9.815 trillion.

Sherrod Brown voted against increasing the debt ceiling 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. Sherrod Brown voted against the legislation that increased the debt ceiling to $8.965 trillion.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted against increasing the debt ceiling to $8.184 trillion.

Sherrod Brown voted against increasing the debt ceiling to $8.184 trillion.

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. Sherrod Brown voted against the budget which included the debt ceiling increase.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted against the debt ceiling increase to $6.4 trillion.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of this legislation, which included an increase in the debt ceiling to $5.95 trillion.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of increasing the debt limit.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of 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. Sherrod Brown cast a "No Vote"

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-H J Res 22; Constitutional Amendment - Balanced Budget - Cosponsor

Prohibits outlays for a fiscal year from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year unless Congress, by a three-fifths roll call vote of each House, authorizes a specific excess of outlays over receipts. Requires a three-fifths roll call vote of each House to increase the public debt limit. Directs the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually. Prohibits any bill to increase revenue from becoming law unless approved by a majority of each House by rollcall vote. Authorizes waivers of these provisions when a declaration of war is in effect or under other specified circumstances involving military conflict. Requires the appropriate congressional committees to report implementing legislation to achieve a balanced budget without increasing the receipts or reducing the disbursements of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund to achieve that goal.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 1025; Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

This Act is to create an optional fast-track procedure the President may use when submitting rescission requests, which would lead to an up-or-down vote by Congress on the President's package of rescissions, without amendment.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 10; Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that Congress and the President should restore fiscal discipline and begin to address the long-term fiscal challenges facing the United States through certain measures. Specifies among such measures: (1) strong pay-as-you-go rules, to help block the approval of measures that would increase the deficit; and (2) recognition of warnings by both the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that the federal budget is on an unsustainable path of rising deficits and debt. Urges establishment of a process to: (1) analyze the current and long-term federal actuarial financial condition and the gap between the federal projected revenues and expenditures; (2) identify factors that affect the federal long-term fiscal balance; (3) analyze potential courses of action to address them; and (4) seek a bipartisan agreement, or set of agreements, that will significantly improve the nation's long-term fiscal imbalances and the gap between projected revenues and expenditures, ensure U.S. economic security, and expand future prosperity and growth for all Americans. Urges as well reviews of: (1) all federal spending and tax expenditures by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to identify items that are outdated, inefficient, poorly run, unnecessary, or otherwise undeserving of scarce federal resources or in need of reform; and (2) the current federal taxation system to ensure that burdens are borne fairly and equitably.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2166; Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and Expanded Debt Cancellation of 2008 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for greater responsibility in lending and expanded cancellation of debts owed to the United States and the international financial institutions by low-income countries, and for other purposes.

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