Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Without Democratic votes the House Republican Leadership's debt ceiling suspension bill, 'No Budget, No Pay' would not have passed. Of the 233 House GOPers, only 200 voted Yea, requiring 18 Democratic votes to pass this legislation. Speaker Boehner indeed got a majority of the majority, but 33 Republicans reneged, potentially leaving Republican leadership with their six hanging in the wind.

This vote speaks volumes about future budget negotiations, sequester and the next debt ceiling clash in May and how the Republican House Conference may be expected to perform if its leadership does not meet its conservative litmus test (defined by its lack of definition; they'll know it when they see it) on mandatory and discretionary spending.

Correction: 199 GOP yes votes; 86 Dem yes votes.

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