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April 19, 2014

House Narrowly Passes ‘Clean’ Debt Limit Extension (Updated) (Video)

The House narrowly passed legislation Tuesday evening to raise the debt ceiling, all but ensuring that the nation won’t default at the end of the month.

The 221-201 vote, carried by Democrats with just enough Republicans to push the bill over the finish line, represented a capitulation by House GOP leaders, who were forced to proceed with a “clean” measure after their flock failed to unify on any alternative.

Speaker John A. Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and other senior Republicans had hinted over the past few weeks that they wanted to give their rank-and-file members a “sweetener” for raising the debt limit, as many in their flock said they weren’t inclined to write what they called a “blank check” for President Barack Obama and get nothing in return.

But leaders couldn’t find a policy rider that would attract enough Republican support without alienating Democrats, whose support they knew would be critical to passing a debt limit extension.

Republicans’ final gambit — restoring military pensions that were cut last year — didn’t strike that balance, making a clean extension unavoidable and Democratic support more critical than ever.

“We don’t have 218 votes,” Boehner told reporters Tuesday morning. “When you don’t have 218 votes, you have nothing.”

Democrats, meanwhile, were emboldened on Tuesday.

“I’m grateful to the speaker and the Republican leadership for giving this House this opportunity to act in a way that is consistent with the constitution,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking in the chamber in advance of the vote. “I thank my Democratic colleagues for never wavering from this position and standing firm on behalf of all Americans.”

  • ajr86

    Boehner needs to GO!! He’s a useless leader who is going along with dems to pas on more debt to future generations.

    • mikem42

      You’re right about him needing to go, but wrong about the reason. He cannot lead the House to do the business of the Country, only the bidding of the Tea Party and Corporate America. This bill only pays the bill for the actions of Congress already taken. No more hostage taking at the risk of our Country’s good faith and credit.

  • truthseeker53

    A link to see HOW who voted would sure be a welcome addition to these articles.

  • jharp

    So where do we get the list of yeas and nays?

  • Stephen Barlow

    After the Donkey KICK IN THE BALLS Boehnhead gave himself in October with his negligent ‘failureship” of the House (you know, the $12 BILLION / week shutdown waste of time and money that really didn’t even buy a Republican photo op worth having) I can NOT imagine ANYTHING but hollow rhetorick coming for even Cruz’s mouth from here on into the elections.

    The GOP has nothing left to say except, “We’re caving to the Dems because we need the votes.”

    My current absolute contempt for Congress today is just a backround check away from a 2nd Amendment Resolution.

    • jharp

      “The GOP has nothing left to say except, “We’re caving to the Dems because we need the votes.”"

      Pretty much nails it. If Republicans want to implement republican governance they should listen to Obama and win some elections.

      November is not far off.

      The big problem is what can they do about Hillary Clinton in 2016. A huge problem with 24 Senate seats to defend. Many in states that Obama carried. It is not going to be pretty.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I do fear that Democratic attrition will endanger the house takeover in 2014. If Obama had REALLY hardlined the REDS over the Shutdown… like FORCED them to REVOKE the job killing sequester as part of the deal… they may have secured it despite the GLITCH in PPACA rollout. This last ‘extension of responsibilites could have been negotiated with BIG BUSINESSES to include a 5% hiring policy across the board for Americans. They get the extension if they hire 5% more full time employees, otherwise, it’s TAX TIME.

        The Senate does scare Me much, with all the infighting decimating the old GOP and no really credible TPholes standing up (they are kinda like Achmed the dead terrorist (Jeff Dunham puppet) suicide bomber, half joke, half diminishing ranks of stoopid zealots). Their leadership is fragile, senile and becoming more irrelevant daily.

        Do the tax payers pay for all those olds REDS to appear on Sunday Morning propaganda machine productions?

  • yesIDeeClaire

    As many have noted: A choice by the Obama regime, to default on the debt of the US Government, would be an impeachable offense.

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