In July 2011, Meehan voted against Sen. Harry Reid’s plan to raise the debt ceiling.Reid’s plan called for raising the debt limit by $2.4 trillion, requiring no additional debt ceiling vote untilafter the 2012 election.The plan included $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending cuts over 10 years, mandatory spending cuts of $100 billion, $1 trillion in savings from winding down combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and$400 billion in interest savings. The legislation included no revenue increases.The CBO score of Reid’s plan said it would reduce the deficit by $2.2 trillion. The bill was rejected by thefull House, 173-246.
Voted in Favor of Boehner’s Debt Ceiling Plan
In July 2011, Meehan voted in favor of Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the debt ceiling.Boehner’s plan called for an immediate debt ceiling raise of $900 billion, spending cuts of $917 billionover 10 years, and an additional debt ceiling vote in six months. The legislation contained no revenueincreases.Under Boehner’s plan, the second debt ceiling raise was conditional on the passage of a balanced budgetamendment by both Houses of Congress and the creation of a select joint committee on deficit reduction.The CBO score of Boehner’s plan said it would reduce the deficit by $850 billion. The bill was approved by the full house, 218-210.
Meehan: Need Concessions on Both Sides in Debt Ceiling Debate
In July 2011, Meehan said of the debt ceiling debate, “There has to be concession on both sides to get toyes, and that’s where we’re working right now…This country will not go into default.”
Voted in Favor of Cut, Cap and Balance Plan
In July 2011, Meehan voted in favor of the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, legislation requiring deep spendingcuts, a federal spending cap and a balanced budget amendment in order to raise the federal debt ceiling.Under Cut, Cap and Balance, discretionary spending in fiscal year 2012 would be reduced below fiscalyear 2008 levels except for Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans affairs. The plan provided auniversal spending cap after 2012. The legislation contained no revenue increases.The bill was approved by the full House, 234-190.
Voted Against Clean Debt Ceiling Raise
In May 2011, Meehan voted against HR 1954, a clean federal debt ceiling raise of $2.4 trillion.