No statement yet from Johnson on debt deal
U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, has not yet released a statement on whether he will vote for the debt ceiling compromise anounced Sunday night.
A statement is expected later today, said Johnson spokesman Phil Bloomer.
But may have given a strong hint of his vote when last week he came out against House Speaker John Boehner's debt reduction plan.
"It promises cuts in the years ahead but as any of us who have any experience in the process knows, there are no guarantees that those cuts will actually occur," Johnson said in a statement last Friday.
Here's what Tea Party favorite and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., had to say about the new compromise deal: “Throughout this process the President has failed to lead and failed to provide a plan. The ‘deal’ he announced spends too much and doesn’t cut enough. This isn’t the deal the American people ‘preferred’ either, Mr. President. Someone has to say no. I will.”
Johnson was especially upset last Friday about how the Boehner plan "continues to protect our bloated defense spending, including funding of an illegal incursion into Libya."
He closed with this remark: "My position against debt limit increases and budgets under both Republican and Democratic administrations has been consistent and unwavering. Abdicating those principles now would be hypocritical."