ThinkProgress Vote Count Finds 267* House Votes For A Clean Debt Ceiling Hike

Congress has the votes to raise the debt ceiling and avert catastrophe!

The congressional debate over various deficit-cutting plans appears to have reached a stalemate, with the plans from both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) currently lacking the votes they need to pass the House of Representatives.

However, a special vote count conducted by ThinkProgress found that there are more than enough votes for a third option — a clean debt ceiling hike. ThinkProgress has concluded that there are 267 votes in the House for a clean hike, with almost all Democrats in support and a large number of Republicans. Here are the Republicans we have found who support a clean debt hike:

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) Rep. Michael (Mike) Rogers (R-AL) Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
Rep. Spencer Bachus, III (R-AL) Rep. Donald (Don) Young (R-AK) Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Rep. Walter (Wally) Herger (R-CA) Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) Rep. Howard (Buck) McKeon (R-CA) Rep. David Dreier (R-CA)
Rep. Edward (Ed) Royce (R-CA) Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Rep. Clifford (Cliff) Stearns (R-FL) Rep. John Mica (R-FL) Rep. C. W. Bill Young (R-FL)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)
Rep. John (Phil) Gingrey (R-GA) Rep. Michael (Mike) Simpson (R-ID) Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL)
Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL) Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) Rep. Thomas (Tom) Latham (R-IA) Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
Rep. Edward (Ed) Whitfield (R-KY) Rep. Harold (Hal) Rogers (R-KY) Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA)
Rep. David (Dave) Camp (R-MI) Rep. Frederick (Fred) Upton (R-MI) Rep. Michael (Mike) Rogers (R-MI)
Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) Rep. Thaddeus (Thad) McCotter (R-MI) Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
Rep. W. Todd Akin (R-MO) Rep. Samuel (Sam) Graves (R-MO) Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Rep. Dennis (Denny) Rehberg (R-MT) Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) Rep. Charles (Charlie) Bass (R-NH)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) Rep. Christopher (Chris) Smith (R-NJ) Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) Rep. Peter (Pete) King (R-NY) Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) Rep. Steven (Steve) Chabot (R-OH) Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) Rep. Patrick (Pat) Tiberi (R-OH) Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH)
Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) Rep. William (Bill) Shuster, Jr. (R-PA)
Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA)
Rep. Addison (Joe) Wilson (R-SC) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Rep. Samuel (Sam) Johnson (R-TX)
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)
Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
Rep. William (Mac) Thornberry (R-TX) Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) Rep. John Carter (R-TX) Rep. Peter (Pete) Sessions (R-TX)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) Rep. Robert (Bob) Goodlatte (R-VA)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
Rep. Shelley Capito (R-WV) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI)
Rep. Thomas (Tom) Petri (R-WI) Rep. Tim Johnson (R-IL)

The list includes 98 House Republicans. In addition to these Republicans, there is support for a clean hike from 169 Democrats. This means that a clean debt ceiling bill could net 267 votes — 51 votes more than House leadership needs to raise the debt ceiling and avoid catastrophe.*

*Just kidding — kind of. ThinkProgress tabulated this vote count by looking at debt ceiling votes in 2004, where 98 currently serving House Republicans voted for a clean debt ceiling hike, and 2009, where 169 currently serving House Democrats voted for a clean debt ceiling hike. Additionally, 31 Senate Republicans voted for such a hike in 2004. All of these Members of Congress can vote for a clean hike again and avert disaster — saving discussions about deficit reduction (and more importantly, jobs) for appropriations debates that take place once America’s financial future is safe. They’ve done it before, and they can possibly do it again.


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