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Democrats target vulnerable GOP lawmakers for supporting McCarthy’s debt ceiling bill

House Democrats’ campaign arm has launched a new website that targets moderate and vulnerable Republicans for supporting spending cuts outlined in Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s debt ceiling bill.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) unveiled “GOPVotedToDefault.com,” which names 31 Republican members of Congress and accuses them of seeking to cut funding for veterans, Social Security and seniors’ healthcare.

Those are the same attack lines Democrats have been using against Republicans even as Congress and the White House are trying to find an agreement on how to raise the debt ceiling before the government is unable to pay its bills after June 1.

Among those listed is Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who narrowly won her re-election by just a few hundred votes. Others targeted are Reps. Don Bacon of Nebraska, Ryan Zinke of Montana, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and most freshman New York Republicans.

House Republicans have said their bill does not include any of the cuts Democrats are warning about, and have vowed not to reduce funding for veterans’ care or touch seniors’ benefits.


House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

Moderate and vulnerable Republicans are being attacked for their support of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s debt limit bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The new online pressure campaign comes just as Democrats are gathering signatures to make an end run around McCarthy to bring a clean debt limit increase to the floor — something every GOP lawmaker has spoken out against.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the House GOP’s rival to the DCCC, accused Democrats of ignoring their “spending crisis” to launch a partisan online attack.

“Instead of addressing the spending crisis they created, Democrats spend their time mocking up a microsite full of already debunked lies. Every moment wasted on useless stunts like this is a lost opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to avoid an economic catastrophe,” NRCC national press secretary Will Reinert told Fox News Digital.

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