It is hard to believe that the Democrats are serious about fiscal responsibility of cutting spending when they push through a $1.9 trillion increase to the National Debt Ceiling. It was a strait partly line vote without recently elected Senator Brown (R) because he has not been seated yet.
"The Democratic-controlled Senate has muscled through a plan to allow the government to go a whopping $1.9 trillion deeper in debt.
The party-line 60-40 vote was successful only because Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown has yet to be seated. Sixty votes were required to approve the increase. The measure would lift the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion. That's about $45,000 for every American."