The Senate is finalizing a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit, but attention is quickly turning to whether hardline House Republicans will balk at the deal.
At least one conservative lawmaker has thrown cold water on the deal, as its details emerge, according to the New York Times.
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“We’ve got a name for it in the House: it’s called the Senate surrender caucus,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kansas Republican, said, according to the Times. “Anybody who would vote for that in the House as Republican would virtually guarantee a primary challenger.”
Mr. Huelskamp was referring to a dynamic in which Republicans who compromise a bit too much — at least for their constituents’ conservative tastes — face an opponent who boasts of credentials that are to the political right of the incumbent.
Observers on Capitol Hill are anxiously waiting to see if House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is able to marshal enough votes for the eventual Senate plan or if he tries to extract more concessions from Democrats and President Obama to satisfy the tea party wing of his caucus.