Breaking … Boehner Postpones House Vote on Debt PlanPosted: July 28, 2011 Filed under: just because 13 Comments
House Speaker John Boehner has postponed a planned vote on his plan to raise the Federal debt ceiling by 1 Trillion in return for around 1 Trillion in spending cuts. Here is the official announcement to House members, from Think Progress:
**Members are advised that the House GOP Leadership has postponed the votes on the motion to recommit and final passage of S. 627 – Speaker Boehner’s Short Term Default Act (amending the Faster FOIA Act of 2011). Following general debate on S. 627, the House will consider the eight bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules.
Looks like he didn’t have the votes. From Talking Points Memo:
Despite a days-long push to force their conservative members into line, and sneak Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) debt limit bill through the House of Representatives, GOP leadership has postponed a scheduled vote on the legislation — a sign that their efforts have thus far failed.
This evening, members were alerted that Boehner and his leadership team were delaying the vote, which had been scheduled for 6 p.m.
According to TPM, it’s still possible the bill could come up for a vote tonight after other issues are dealt with. It sounds unlikely though.
I’ll update in the comments with anything else I find. Hope you’ll do the same.
Boehner says Repubs want chaos so they can force bigger cuts:
Exactly why I don’t trust either side’s kabuki dance. Another phony game of chicken to justify some awful “compromise.”
Fox News says Dems are working on “Plan C.”
The House has gone into recess for now. I’m not sure what’s happening.
26 House Repubs oppose the Boehner bill. He needs 24, unless he can gets some Dems to vote for it.
Ohio Rep Jim Jordan may lose his seat because of open rebellion against Boehner.
The collapse of the GOP has become even more epic than the collapse of the Democratic Party. Wow. What is going to happen next? Will the corporatist Repubs oust the wingnut whackadoodles? Will the liberal wing grow some ovaries and oust Obama? Stay tuned!
Maybe we’ll get some entertainment out of this mess yet!
We can only “hope!” 😉
Conservatives are angry because Boehner’s bill includes funding for Pell Grants, which they think is welfare.
From the article you referenced:
The problem with this idiot’s (lack of) thinking is that a 2005-2006 report on Pell Grant recipients (http://www2.ed.gov/finaid/prof/resources/data/pell-2005-06/pell-eoy-2005-06.html) shows that 47%(!!!) of the Pell Grants were spent by people pursuing a Masters or a Doctorate, regardless of whether the educational institution was public, private, or proprietary. This is just Reagan’s ridiculous “welfare queens” all over again.
Without Tea Party Votes, Boehner Speakership Hits Rough Waters : It’s All Politics : NPR
Have you seen this?
Hardliners in debt talks have debt problems of their own – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs