Steve King: ‘Debt Limit Deal Forfeits Mandate House Republicans Received Last November’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 2, 2011 | 12:26 PM EDT

Rep. Steve King addresses a Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill on July 27, 2011. (Congressional photo)

( - Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa), a leading conservative in the House of Representatives, said last night that the debt-limit deal that House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) cut with President Barack Obama forfeited the “mandate” Republicans had won in the November 2010 election to restrain the federal debt and government spending.

King was one of 66 House Republicans who broke with the party’s congressional leadership and voted against the debt-limit deal, which went on to pass the House 269 to 161 with 3 members not voting.

"Because S.365 represents a retreat from fiscal discipline and from the Balanced Budget Amendment, I voted against it," King said in a statement.

"S.365's proposed spending cuts are far too small, and the fact that they are far into the future calls into question whether they will ever actually occur,” said King. “The bill increases the nation's debt burden while placing the responsibility of dealing with Washington's addiction to debt and deficit spending on yet another commission, and on future Congresses and future Presidents."

King said he also said the deal raised a barrier to sending a strong and effective Balanced Budget Amendment to the states for ratification.

"As part of the final deal, S.365 also makes it more difficult for Congress to send a strong Balanced Budget Amendment to the states for ratification,” said King. “It waters down the strong and specific Balanced Budget Amendment language contained in the 'Cut, Cap and Balance' bill. This debt limit deal forfeits the mandate that House Republicans received last November to 'hold the line' on the nation's debt and spending, and I could not support it."