The House vote on Boehner's debt ceiling plan has been postponed. Some are speculating that the reason for the postponement is that Boehner doesn't have enough votes to pass it. It looks like the Tea Party is eating the Republican party alive. Perhaps Boehner will have to be a little more moderate and try to pass a plan that can get the support of some Democrats.
John Boehner Yanks Debt Ceiling Bill, House Vote Postponed
WASHINGTON -- House GOP leadership announced abruptly on Thursday evening that they were suspending a vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) debt ceiling proposal, signaling in the process that the GOP lacked the votes to pass the package.
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.
Congressional aides were scrambling to figure out just when the vote would be rescheduled for -- the House for now will consider eight smaller measures first -- but a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that a vote on Boehner's proposal would still take place on Thursday night.
Whether that is enough time for the Speaker to convince a few more Republicans to support him is unclear. Informal whip counts had 25 Republicans and the full Democratic caucus opposing the measure, which would put it short of the 216 votes needed for passage.