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Swing-seat Republicans more likely to support debt deal
Swing-seat Republicans more likely to support debt deal

WASHINGTON -- John A. Boehner has found his options limited during his three years as House speaker by an informal rule for Republicans that dictates he move only legislation that has the approval of a majority of support among his own membership. Wednesday marked another rare moment in which the Ohio Republican was forced by political pressure to allow an up-or-down vote on a bill that most Republicans opposed -- in this case, a short-term funding bill to reopen the government after a 16-day shutdown and avert the threat of a historic default by raising the nation’s debt limit. Just 87 of 232 Republicans -- including Boehner, casting a rare vote -- voted for the bill. The other...

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