For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are faced with the decision to raise the debt ceiling while in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress. The debt ceiling was raised seven times during the Obama administration of which Democrats controlled Congress for the first three votes and Republicans the last four. With the clock ticking towards another vote in September, we took a look at the debt ceiling voting history for members currently serving in the 115th House.
Of the 115th House, 250 members have voted yes and no to raising the debt ceiling, 76 members have only voted yes, 51 members have only voted no, and 64 members will be voting for the first time.
Of the past seven votes, 51 Republicans have only voted no to raising the debt ceiling. In fact, six members including Rep. Gohmert (R-TX-1), Rep. Jones (R-NC-3), Rep. King (R-IA-4), Rep. McClintock (R-CA-4), Rep. Poe (R-TX-2), and Rep. Posey (R-FL-8) have voted no each of the last seven times.
The House Freedom Caucus is a key voting bloc to ensuring passage of a debt ceiling bill. Of the 32 caucus members, 14 have voted to raise the debt ceiling in the past.