Mass. Reps. Continue To Weigh Debt Deal Votes

Some members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are still deciding how they'll vote on the deal to raise the country's debt limit, scheduled for Monday night.

Three Democrats in the Massachusetts House delegation say they're on the fence about whether to support the proposed legislation. Rep. Barney Frank says he doesn't know yet. Rep. Michael Capuano says he's still undecided because he hasn't heard enough yet, and he's not sure the deal will protect Medicare enough.

Rep. Stephen Lynch is leaning toward "aye," only because he wants to avoid a default.

"It has potential, let's put it that way," Lynch said on Capitol Hill. "It does protect Social Security. It protects Medicare. My alternative is to vote for default, so it's a very difficult challenge."

Lynch adds that he likes the proposed joint-committee to identify further spending cuts before raising the debt ceiling again, because it will give both parties equal say in where to find savings.

This program aired on August 1, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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