The debt ceiling bill proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, went though another revision after it failed to muster enough support from House Republicans to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. The bill now has a balanced budget amendment in it and thanks to the approval of a same day measure the House Rules Committee approved in a contentious late Thursday evening meeting, Mr. Boehner’s newly revised bill can go to the floor without going through the committee process.
One particular outspoken conservative who never liked Speaker Boehner’s bill now is beginning to like what he hears. Congressman Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican told reporters on Friday afternoon after a GOP caucus meeting, “I haven’t seen the bill, but I like what I’m hearing. I need to read it.” He added, “If I read it today and it is as represented and I know they’re not misrepresenting—I just need to read it. I like what I’m reading and I could vote for it. I need to see it. This is a different bill.”
While this may be good news for Mr. Boehner, getting his new bill through the Senate with a balance budget amendment will be a little trickier for the GOP in the upper chamber.