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‘Clean’ Debt Ceiling Increase Passes House with GOP Leaders’ Support

"There's only one solution. John Boehner must be replaced as Speaker of the House," Senate Conservatives Fund tells supporters.

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Bill Straub

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February 11, 2014 - 9:22 pm
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WASHINGTON – The House passed a no-frills debt ceiling increase on Tuesday despite heated opposition from the Republican Party’s conservative wing, leading some elements to demand the ouster of House Speaker John Boehner.

The final vote on what has been characterized as a “clean” debt ceiling measure – containing no amendments or attachments – was 221-215, with 28 Republicans joining all but two Democrats in favor of a bill that will permit the federal government to borrow the funds necessary to continue uninterrupted operations through March 15, 2015.

Among those opposing the measure was Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee and the unsuccessful Republican nominee for vice president in 2012. Ryan, with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, pieced together a two-year spending package, adopted in both chambers and signed by President Obama, that a raised debt ceiling will help fund. The entire GOP leadership team, led by Boehner and House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, of Virginia, supported the measure.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, already has said his caucus will avoid shutting down the federal government this go-round, a happenstance that occurred last November, much to the political detriment of the GOP. A vote is expected in the upper chamber sometime later this week and the bill is expected to pass.

The vote was a victory for the Obama White House, which has been warning that the failure to raise the debt limit could lead to a federal government unable to pay its bills, resulting in dire consequences.

Now the question hanging over the Capitol is what the vote means for Boehner (R-Ohio), who has alienated influential conservative groups in the past and now has pushed legislation opposed by his own caucus by more than 7-to-1. One of those influential groups, the Senate Conservatives Fund, dispatched an email to supporters calling for his ouster.

“Republicans are giving up because they know that winning is impossible when their leaders are determined to lose,” the message read. “These leaders have telegraphed weakness to the Democrats and sabotaged conservative efforts so many times that Republicans now have no leverage. There’s only one solution. John Boehner must be replaced as Speaker of the House.”

Another group, the Tea Party Patriots, was equally dismissive.

“While Democrats are the driving force behind running up our national debt, growing the size of the federal government and wasting our money, all too often Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, are happy to go along for the ride,” the group said on its website.

The group further noted the American people “are desperate for principled leadership in Washington, not ‘go-along-to-get-along’ capitulation. Sign the petition now! Then contact your Representative and tell them you are ready for real leadership. Tell them to fire the Speaker!”

FreedomWorks and RedState.com also are calling for Boehner’s removal from leadership. The speaker was not available for comment after the vote. Beforehand, Boehner asserted that passage of the bill represented a “lost opportunity.”

“We could have sat down and worked together in a bipartisan manner to find cuts and reform that are greater than increasing the debt limit,” he said. “I am disappointed, to say the least.”

Cantor remained on the offensive, maintaining that Republicans “are the only ones who acknowledge our debt crisis and have repeatedly attempted to help reverse the dangerous spending trend in Washington.”

“While controlling only one chamber of one branch, we’ve successfully cut spending and passed bills to encourage economic growth,” Cantor said. “It is clear that President Obama and congressional Democrats prefer to spend more, incur more debt and embrace a new normal of slow economic growth and joblessness, and that is unacceptable. House Republicans need more responsible and willing partners in Washington so we can finally and boldly address our long term debt crisis.”

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I don't know how anyone could possibly be disappointed in Boehner over this. Is there anyone left who still believes that he's actually on our side?
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Crying John Boehner, who the Navy had the good sense to wash out after just 6 weeks, isn't really an American, he's not even French. In fairness to the French, who have gotten at least a somewhat bad rap, a lot of French jokes should be changed to Boehner jokes.

“While Democrats are the driving force behind running up our national debt, growing the size of the federal government and wasting our money, all too often Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, are happy to go along for the ride,” the group said on its website."

It's not just democrats who get big bribes, in one form or another, from big money special interests.

"While controlling only one chamber of one branch, we’ve successfully cut spending and passed bills to encourage economic growth,” Cantor said.

Liar.
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no news about the senates unregistered senate vote on an unlimited debt increase .
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Cantor and Ryan are also traitors, liars, hypocrites; Boehner is not alone. Every one of the GOPhers who voted to increase the debt is a crypto-demonrat. There is but one party, composed of CFR puppets by whatever name or names. For them, residence on Devil's Island would be appropriate and also beneficial to the local shark population.
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I heard that demented harpie, Nancy Lugosi on the radio saying "the full faith and credit of the USA is sacred." They have taken Orwellian gibberish to new depths. The doomsday clock is ticking.
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I just sent my representative a message, to be followed up by a phone call tomorrow, that my vote for her depends entirely on if she will pledge to NOT support Boehner as Speaker.

"Dear Mrs. Lummis,

After watching Speaker Boehner repeatedly cave in to Democrat interests and attacking conservative viewpoints, I think it is time remove him as Speaker of the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

I am looking for a pledge from you that you will not vote for Boehner for speakership. Should I not receive that pledge, I will vote for any primary opponent you face, if there is one; and I will vote for any Democrat to run against you.

It is in my opinion that if the House is going to continue being fiscally irresponsible, it might as well be under Democrat control. This way, when the currently unsustainable system collapses, the Republican party can be the true party of responsibility, instead of the party of "go along to get along." If the Republican party does not find the will to oppose the irresponsible spending of the Democrats, then there is no reason for me to support the Republican party."

Sadly, since I live in Wyoming, there is every chance that she will not have a primary opponent which will guarantee that she will be re-elected. And she knows this. It is really hard to oust incumbents in Wyoming.
9 weeks ago
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I'm not all that sure the media hates them.
9 weeks ago
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Maybe it is also time to abandon the time worn "next guy in line" philosophy. When the GOP managed to win back the House in 2010, they immediately turned to a re-tread of the previously failed Republican majority that did more harm to the Republican brand than anything else. Same thing with the Senate minority leader, McConnell.
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It is time for Ohio to wake up and dump Boehner in the trash. He is a complete moron and will never wake up from his stupor.... Send him back to sweep and mop the family bar.
He is a complete fool and does not have a clue concerning fiscal policy....
Mid Terms are coming and we should remember and vote all of these RINOs out of office.....
9 weeks ago
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I always expect to be disappointed by GOP moderates. Therefore I am never disappointed.........just exasperated.
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I can't believe I'm defending this guy, BUT, what did we have to win here? Seriously. It was gonna get raised. There are no votes in the Senate to pass real cuts. The media is going to portray this 24/7 as "Partisan Republican Racist Radicals once again playing chicken with the nations credit rating to throw a temper tantrum to do something they don't have the votes to do while grandma starves and you are unemployed because they hate the poor."

The script was already written, and it is a ten time winner for the left. This way every conservative gets to flat out vote against the thing, the Dems own it, and the Obamacare disaster and Presidential Lawlessness story that the press is desperately trying not to cover keeps front and center.

I actually think this may constitute something I've not seen from Boehner before, shrewd political leadership.

Leadership is sometimes counterintuitive. I think, for example that Ted Cruz's filibuster, which on the surface looked ill-conceived (for many of the same reasons I just stated) was actually a brilliant strategy since it reminded the public who was on what side prior to a train wreck that wouldn't end. Many people who were truly on our side were afraid it would obscure the Obamacare crash. Cruz knew it couldn't since the crash would go on for months. He saw something a bit counterintuitive and showed real leadership and I believe that on balance a lot of people who opposed that have now changed their minds.

I don't like Boehner as a Speaker. They crying makes him look weak, and his decisions are weak, but I don't think that means we should reflexively condemn everything he does. This was the right call. We did not need another loser story when every day we are winning a little more incrementally.
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Hornspe, sweetie, Boehner could have refused to bring the bill up for a vote and killed it dead. Don't you get it? He is an obamanite, a minion of the traitor-in-chief.
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He should be sent back to Ohio where the decent citizens of that state are already warming up the tar.
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