Squeezed by conservatives, Boehner blinks on debt ceiling
Unreal. Why doesn’t Boehner just switch parties? How can we not stand up to liberals even a little?
Check it out:
The House voted Tuesday to raise the government’s borrowing limit, as GOP leaders backed down from a potential confrontation with Democrats by declining to seek any concessions in exchange for the increase.
The debt-ceiling bill passed on a 221-201 vote, and now goes to the Senate for final approval.
The vote comes after Republican leaders backed off their strategy of trying to use the debt limit to force spending cuts or other concessions. In 2011, President Obama yielded to similar demands but has since said he would not negotiate with Republicans over the matter.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, swiftly teed up the vote Tuesday after failing to get enough conservative support for a plan that would have tied the debt ceiling measure to one reversing cuts to military pensions. Another failed proposal had tied the debt cap hike to the Keystone pipeline.