The U.S. House of Representatives passed Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling bill on Friday by a vote of 218 to 210. While all the Democrats voted no for passage for the Boehner legislation, 22 Republicans also voted against the bill. The Republican House majority now must wait to see what happens to Boehner’s bill in the Senate.
Since the addition of a balance budget amendment to the legislation, which brought on Republicans who previously did not support the bill, many expect the House debt ceiling bill to go down in defeat; however, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s proposal must also be acceptable to House Republicans as well, so talk on Capitol Hill is pointing towards some sort of compromise between both the Boehner bill and the Reid proposal.
“The House has now passed its second bill in two weeks that would prevent a default and significantly cut Washington spending. The Senate is a different story,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a statement. “Rather than working towards a solution to this crisis the way the Republican majority in the House has, the Democrat majority here in the Senate has been wasting precious time rounding up ‘no’ votes.”
He concluded, “Rather than come up with a bill that can pass, they’ve been busy ginning up opposition to everything else. Now it’s time for them to act. I eagerly await the Majority Leader’s plan for preventing this crisis.”