The Bipartisan Legislation to raise the National Debt Ceiling passed in the House of Representatives this evening by a vote of 314 to 117.
Democrats were the ones that provided the pivotal votes (165 of them) for victory as 71 MAGA Republicans felt it was better to default on the full faith and credit of the United States like Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis recommended rather than do a bipartisan deal with the Biden/Harris Administration and save the national and international economy.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who had more members than Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, could not round up more votes than the opposition.
To be fair, 46 Democrats in safe, mostly progressive districts, also voted against the legislation. Those Democrats should be asked how, given all the factors in play, they could have reasonably achieved better than the Biden team.
It can be safely said that a coalition of the center and reality from both parties provided the margin for victory.
In the Arizona Delegation, all the MAGA Republican members except David Schweikert (who will be in the race of his political life in 2024) voted against economic stability for the country.
Democratic Representatives Ruben Gallego (who is also a Senate candidate) and Greg Stanton, two people who will need the votes of Independents in their next campaigns, voted to raise the ceiling. Raul Grijalva, in a safe Democratic Congressional seat, chose not to.
Please click here to see how each member of the House voted.
The bill will now go to the Senate where another bipartisan coalition of the center will probably provide the margin to raise the debt ceiling and send the measure to President Biden for his signature.