Even with U.S. House debt ceiling drama, Ky.'s GOP Senators have been in spotlight

07/29/2011 07:42 AM

U.S. House Republican leaders’ well-documented troubles in rounding up enough votes for a plan to raise the debt ceiling could turn up the pressure on Senate leaders, including Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell.

McConnell, the Senate minority leader, has said this week he was waiting for a plan to come out of the House before weighing heavily into the negotiations. But he might not be able to wait too much longer before the Aug. 2 deadline, the Washington Post is reporting Friday.

In the meantime, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, re-issued a statement Thursday evening criticizing the House plan pushed by House Speaker John Boehner.

“As I have stated all week, I oppose the House plan because not only does it not balance, it adds at least $7 trillion to our national debt over the next 10 years,” Paul said. “I urge Congressional leaders and the White House to take note: The plan in Congress that had the most support was the one that also required a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.”

Earlier in the week, Arizona Sen. John McCain criticized other Republicans who say they would only support raising the debt ceiling if the bill starts the process to amend the constitution to require a balanced budget. McCain said that proposal doesn’t have the votes in the Senate and to keep pushing that is “bizzaro.”

That did not sit well with Paul, as the New York Times reported.

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