Molinaro, Stefanik support debt limit bill, while Ryan leans toward a vote for it
Paul Kirby reports in the Daily Freeman that Republican Rep. Marc Molinaro said on May 30 that he will vote for a debt ceiling bill negotiated by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Molinaro said in a statement, “These negotiations resulted in a bipartisan agreement on the Fiscal Responsibility Act. I support the agreement..... The agreement raises the debt ceiling until January 2025 and makes historic cuts to the federal spending that is driving inflation.... It also makes bipartisan reforms to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), strengthens Social Security, protects Medicare and veterans benefits, and grows the economy.”’ The "reforms" Molinaro mentioned are adding more work requirements to receive food stamps and other emergency benefits. Molinaro lives in the 18th Congressional District, but represents the 19th Congressional District. Pat Ryan, a Democrat who represents the 18th Congressional District, says he is leaning toward supporting the bill, saying, “We both have to avoid catastrophic default and make sure we support our national security, our veterans, and our most vulnerable – kids and seniors in particular.... I’m encouraged by the bill, but still need to see the final text after the amendment process is complete.” Democrat Paul Tonko, who represents Albany County and the 20th Congressional District, has not yet said how he will vote on the bill. Republican Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing Rensselaer County and the 21st Congressional District, crowed about the bill on C-Span, saying, CLICK TO DOWNLOAD OR PLAY STEFANIK EXCERPT HERE. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.