House Passes Clean Debt Ceiling Legislation   1 comment

Will miracles never cease?

On a 221-201 vote, the House of Representatives swiftly passed a measure Tuesday evening to lift the debt ceiling through March 2015, capping a day of fast-turning events.

Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner announced he would bring a “clean” bill to the floor without any policy attachments — a move Republicans typically abhor when it comes to raising the government’s borrowing limit.(Real Clear Politics)

It wasn’t without effort, though; prior to the House vote, House leaders tried to attach various amendments and riders to the debt limit bill….none of them could, in John of Orange‘s words, “get 218 votes”. While various conservative groups, as expected, criticized the debt vote, the White House congratulated the House, calling today’s vote “a positive step in moving away from the political brinkmanship that’s a needless drag on our economy”.

Of course, having passed the House, it now faces the all-but-certain prospect of a 60-vote threshold before it can reach the White House, but the upper chamber is expected to make it through that threshold and pass the debt ceiling bill sometime this week.

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Posted February 11, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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One response to “House Passes Clean Debt Ceiling Legislation

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  1. It is about time! Hugs, Barbara

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