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Republican leaders brought the measure quickly to the floor after the fractious majority failed to agree on what, if any, provisions to attach to the must-pass legislation. The chamber’s Democratic minority provided most of the votes needed to approve the measure, with only 28
As late as Monday evening, party leaders were seeking to build support for tying a debt-limit increase to a proposal to reverse a cut made to some veterans' benefits as part of the recent budget deal. But it was soon clear that Republicans could not pass such a plan on their own, leading House Speaker
"When you don't have 218 votes, you have nothing," Boehner told reporters.
Boehner also sought to put the onus on Democrats to advance the measure since President
"Let his party give him the debt ceiling increase that he wants," Boehner said.
"The debt limit shows [and] comprehensive immigration reform shows that the Republican Party is a deeply divided party whose leaders have great difficulty of finding followers, and who are out of sync with the American people," he told reporters. "That is a party that is rudderless and should be rejected by the American people."
Congress’ next fiscal deadline now is not until the fall, when it must pass another round of appropriations bills to fund the government beyond Sept. 30. Few expect, however, that lawmakers will risk a
"We're now moving in a sort of regular order," he said. "That's how it's supposed to work. I'm looking forward to them actually bringing it up and us moving on. We've got a lot to do."