The United States Senate has been working hard.
S. 2986Of note, the bill to raise the federal government's debt ceiling passed 52-44 on a near strict party-line vote. Departing Democrats [sic] John Breaux and Zell "Mad Dog" Miller voted with the Republicans while John Ensign of Nevada was struck either with a bout of fiscal conservatism or perhaps reckless insanity in light of the Bush administration's demands for unswerving loyalty. Earlier this week Ensign was awarded the The National Tax-Limitation Committee's "Tax Fighter Award", so I guess there is at least one Republican who thinks that cutting taxes should be matched by spending cuts as well.
To amend title 31 of the United States Code to increase the public debt limit.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. INCREASE IN PUBLIC DEBT LIMIT.
Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking `$7,384,000,000,000' and inserting `$8,184,000,000,000'.
Passed the Senate November 17, 2004.