Tuesday, October 15, 2013

House Debt Ceiling, Government Shutdown Vote Dead

A scheduled House Rules Committee hearing on the GOP leadership's plan to reopen the government and avert the debt ceiling deadline was postponed Tuesday evening, signaling that support for the measure within the GOP caucus was in jeopardy.

The National Review's Robert Costa reported that a vote on the bill, proposed by House Republicans earlier in the day, would not take place Tuesday:

My sources tell me House Republicans will likely postpone tonight’s vote on their plan to end the fiscal impasse. “The votes aren’t there,” says a leadership aide. “We’ve been amending the bill all day, but we’ve been unable to get people around this strategy.”

This development leaves Speaker John Boehner with few options as Thursday’s debt-ceiling deadline nears, and it throws the action back toward the Senate, which has been working on a bipartisan package. POST

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