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SC lawmakers eye jockeying as debt deadline looms

Jul 25, 2011 8:22:00 PM - thestate.com
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina's coastal 1st Congressional District says he's optimistic Congress will reach an agreement on raising the federal debt ceiling. But, he says, if it includes any tax increases, he won't be voting for it.

In the 5th District bordering North Carolina in the center of the state, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney says he won't vote for any debt ceiling increase that "that doesn't provide a guarantee to the American people that we are committed to balanced budgets."

With only a week remaining before the deadline for raising the federal debt limit, members of the South Carolina congressional delegation are watching and attending congressional meetings as the maneuvering continues to raise the debt ceiling before the Aug. 2 deadline.

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint has said he will try to force another vote in the Senate this week on debating the so-called cut, cap and balance plan approved by a Republican majority in the House.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says that a balanced budget amendment is "the only one change that would overhaul the dynamics of Washington spending."

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