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Voters weighing in with lawmakers over debt issue

Jul 17, 2011 4:28:00 PM - thestate.com
For Rep. Tim Scott the debt ceiling is not only the top issue voters in his South Carolina district want to talk about these days, it seems to be the only issue.

The office of the freshman Republican has been logging dozens of calls and emails every day about the debt ceiling, and it's the No. 1 topic of discussion at town hall-style meetings with voters.

"Tons of phone calls, lots of emails, and the closer we get to Aug. 2, the more we're hearing," Scott said.

With the deadline looming to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, voters are tuning in, worried by the prospect of a financial meltdown if the nation defaults and concerned that elected officials in Washington are playing politics with an issue that could have far-reaching consequences.

If the United States falls into default, the result could be higher interest rates on mortgages, car loans and credit cards as well as a stop to Social Security checks for the elderly.

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