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In the HOUSE, a likely struggle for 216 VOTES – The Hill’s Floor Action

July 31, 2011

If the quote below is true I can’t imagine a conservative supporting the bill…MB

“To sweeten the deal for Republicans, Obama has reportedly offered to exclude specific tax-revenue hikes, at least in the near term. To entice Democrats, McConnell is eying a provision allowing Obama to hike the debt-ceiling through 2012 in order to preclude another debate on the thorny issue before next year’s elections.”

In the House, a likely struggle for 216 votes

By Mike Lillis – 07/31/11 01:59 PM ET

House leaders in both parties have their work cut out if they hope to pass a debt-ceiling package being finalized by the White House and Senate Republicans.

Although the details of the agreement are still emerging, early reports indicate it includes contentious provisions sure to alienate both conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats.

If both the left and right flanks of the lower chamber unite in opposition, it would fall to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to forge a more centrist, bipartisan coalition to get the bill across the finish line – just as they did to cobble together support for the unpopular Wall Street bailout in 2008.

It won’t be easy.

Boehner, for instance, will have to convince his troops to swallow a deficit-reduction strategy without direct ties to a balanced-budget amendment, a non-starter with many conservative members. Last week, Boehner tried to push such a bill through the lower chamber, but despite a commanding majority, GOP leaders couldn’t marshal Republican support to pass the bill.

Even with the addition of the constitutional amendment provision, the bill squeaked by with just two votes to spare. Twenty-two Republicans opposed their leadership’s bill.

“I need to see the bill mandate a balanced-budget amendment immediately,” Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said, explaining his “no” vote.

via In the House, a likely struggle for 216 votes – The Hill’s Floor Action.

One Comment
  1. william wallace permalink
    July 31, 2011 10:30 PM

    Many republicans prepared to let the nation enter
    a dark period of crisis where millions of americans
    openly begging on the streets / having no income.

    They took their blind / vile corrupt religious views
    from their church pulpits // into the offices of govt
    where having no concern care for the people that
    elected them. Their only concern an continuation
    of the slaughter of muslims / the invasion of IRAN.

    They have created & live in their own twilight zone
    a twilight zone of religious hate malice destruction
    being spurned on by their equal in israeli extreme
    right wing religious fanatics all shareing the same
    twilight zone of religious hate /malice / destruction.

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