Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, said this morning that he will vote against House Speaker John Boehner’s two-step plan to raise the debt ceiling and cut the deficit. Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore, and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, have already said they would vote for it. The vote is scheduled for sometime Thursday.
Here is Boren’s statement:
“The last thing our country needs is to default on its financial obligations, but Speaker Boehner’s plan does not make the necessary changes to address the country’s fiscal problems. I voted for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, and would rather see Congress approve a larger deficit-reduction package for the long-term future along the lines of the plan laid out by the Gang of Six to prevent the credit rating of the United States from being downgraded. Further, there should only be one vote to raise the debt ceiling. The Speaker’s plan would require a two-step voting process, which I believe will only perpetuate uncertainty in the financial markets. This will not be the last vote in the House before the deadline on August 2, and I am keeping an open mind for the final bi-partisan bill that I expect to see in the next few days.”