Deirdre Shesgreen reports:
Last week House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Township, voted in favor of legislation to lift the nation’s borrowing cap with no strings attached, even as the rest of the Cincinnati-area congressional delegation opposed the measure.
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, said the measure was “unacceptable to me” because it didn’t include any provisions to cut spending or reduce the deficit. Similarly, Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Columbia Tusculum, and Thomas Massie, R-Garrison, Ky., were also “no” votes.
Wenstrup said current spending is “unsustainable” and he could not support the debt ceiling hike.
“We can’t continue spending without any plan to curb our spending addiction and balance our budget,” he said in a statement.
Boehner and other area Republicans agree on a vast array of issues.
But this is not the first time the GOP leader’s congressional neighbors have taken a different position from him.
In January, Boehner was the only “yes” vote among Cincinnati-area lawmakers for a $1.1 trillion spending bill.