Majority Whip: 'Not One Republican Vote' For Debt Limit Increase Without Spending Cuts

By Nicholas Ballasy | May 11, 2011 | 2:28 PM EDT

( – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said not one Republican will vote for an increase to the debt limit without any spending cuts.

“I can tell you as a Whip there’s not one Republican vote for a negative debt limit vote where no cuts are proposed,” McCarthy told reporters at the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters on Wednesday.


“We have staked out very early what we see as a change to America. We have listened to the American public. They want jobs. They want government to cut their spending. They don’t want a credit card that just keeps expanding.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (AP Photo)

When he visited the New York Stock Exchange early this week, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the focus was on the debt limit.

“What I heard and what I believe is it is reckless for us to increase the credit limit of this country without cutting spending, without reforming entitlements, without getting our fiscal house in order,” he told reporters.

House Speaker John Boehner has said Congress should be discussing spending cuts of “trillions, not just billions.”

“Let me be as clear as I can be,” he said on May 9. “Without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt limit increase. And the cuts should be greater than the accompanying increase in debt authority the president is given.”

The federal government is expected to hit its legal debt limit of $14.294 trillion on May 16.