Debt Ceiling Politics Interfere With Addressing The Deficit

04/26/2011 09:33 am ET | Updated Jun 26, 2011

Iowa has two Senators, one a Republican (Charles Grassley), the other a Democrat (Tom Harkin).

Each has voted seven times since 2002 on a bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling. Look back at those votes, and an interesting pattern emerges: Every time a Republican president has needed the debt ceiling raised to keep government functioning, Sen. Grassley, the Republican, has voted to raise it, while the Democrat, Sen. Harkin, has voted against it. But when a Democratic president has asked for an increase, their votes reverse: Sen. Harkin has voted in favor, and Sen. Grassley has voted against it.

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