House Delays Vote On Boehner Debt Ceiling Plan
With an August 2 deadline inching closer and closer, a Thursday vote on House Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the country's debt-ceiling while enacting deep spending cuts was delayed twice by Republicans for the night.
Tweeted NBC's Luke Russert: BREAKING: ". @FrankThorpNBC reports #GOP Whip McCarthy says there will be NO vote tonight on the #Boehner #debt bill"
In a follow up tweet, Russert wrote: "Breaking: House Rules Comt will hold emergency meeting at 11pm. They're going to tweak the bill in order to get 216 votes tomorrow."
This was the night's second delay. The first one happened right before the vote was supposed to be held earlier in the evening.
The Huffington Post reported: "The news came just minutes before party leadership was set to hold a 5:30 p.m. vote on the proposal, which would cut roughly $915 billion in spending over the next ten years but only raise the debt ceiling through the end of the calendar year."
More from Politico: "For hours, Boehner has been engaged in intense one-on-one meetings with Republicans in an effort to win today’s fight. Still lacking the votes at 9 p.m., Republicans were considering sending their bill back to the Rules Committee for minor tweaks to win more votes."
The delay could indicate a possible rift among House GOP members.
CNN reported: "The delay showed Boehner was unable to muster sufficient support from his own caucus to guarantee his proposal would pass in the face of expected unified Democratic opposition."
Earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said even if Boehner's plan had passed through the House, it would not pass in the Senate.
If Republicans can't reach an agreement by August 2, the U.S. is expected to run out of money to pay its bills and defaults.
"I think there will be a whole new stage of the Senate and House having to come together to avoid August 2nd as being a day that has never happened in the U.S.," White House chief of staff William Daley told CNN.