U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate Heats Up On Facebook

With five days to go before the August 2 deadline to increase the U.S. government’s borrowing capacity, called the debt ceiling. constituents are taking to Facebook to sound-off on lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Fans are using Congressional Facebook pages to express frustration and concern with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, while web servers and phone lines on Capitol Hill crashed earlier in the week following President Obama’s Monday night call for constituents to contact their member of Congress.

The Washington Post captured comments from the pages of 40 key Republican and Democrat leaders.

Speaker of the House John Boehner’s wall posts number in the tens of thousands. Other members are seeing posts number in the hundreds and thousands.

On Boehner’s fan page, Keith Miller wrote:

Hey Boehner! How about YOU get your ass in line and pass a REAL bill, one that actually makes cuts, doesn’t pawn off debt negotiations to a committee, and forces government to downsize!

On Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s (R-SC), Cheryl Mann wrote:

Can you people (Congress) please get it together &compromise already!

And Gene Andrews added:

Mick, please don’t vote for the Speaker’s plan. We did the right thing with Cut, Cap and Balance! Hold the line!

On Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s page, reaction to the debate was mixed.

Michael Roth pleaded with the Nevada Senator:

Senator please hold the line on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid…..dont you elected officials in Washington see the true evil of the Tea Party

Other Democratic Senators, such as Claire McCaskill (MO) and Joe Manchin (WV), have been flooded with comments online, according to the Post.

Linda Laming added on Senator McCaskill’s wall:

Cut, Cap, Balance. Stop stealing from people and spending money that you don’t have.

On Senator Manchin’s wall, posts urged for a bipartisan solution, including this one from Joseph Lee Lackey II:

Senator Manchin, please work with Republicans to raise our debt ceiling, even if it means political costs. The world is watching US right now, and if we default, it not only affects us, but the whole world.

Readers, what are your friends posting on Facebook about the U.S. debt ceiling?

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