THE IDES OF MARCH: 'Clean' debt ceiling bill suspends debt limit until March 15th
National debt will rise to $18.2 trillion while debt limit is suspended
The Senate has passed the "clean" debt ceiling bill, which suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2015. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
John Boehner was one of the 28 Republicans who voted "yes' on the "clean" debt bill, expected to be shortly signed into law.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas forced the 60-vote procedural vote. McConnell, according to various sources, forcefully urged Cruz not to do so at a closed-door meeting yesterday.
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The national debt will rise to $18.2 trillion while the debt limit is suspended, according to an analysis by the Senate Budget Committee Republican staff.
The vast majority of Republicans voted against the bill, while nearly 200 Democrats carried it across the finish line. Only 28 Republicans voted "yes."
Speaker John Boehner, who usually does not vote, voted "yes," as did Majority Leader Eric Cantor and McCarthy. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan voted "no."
Cantor blamed the debt ceiling increase on Democrats. "House Republicans need more responsible and willing partners in Washington so we can finally and boldly address our long term debt crisis," he said in a statement.
Calling the vote a "missed opportunity," Ryan said "We need to pay our bills today and make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow," in a statement.
The House GOP's inability to force even a modest fight on the debt ceiling prompted an outcry from conservative groups, including several calls to replace the current House leadership.
"Today, Republican 'leadership' in the House completely gave up fighting for the priorities of the American people and once again caved to the demands of President Obama and the Democrats. This latest failure is just more proof that it's time to dump the GOP leadership in Congress," ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell said.
The 28 Republicans who voted "yes":
John Boehner (OH)
Ken Calvert (CA)
Dave Camp (MI)
Eric Cantor (VA)
Howard Coble (NC)
Chris Collins (NY)
Charles Dent (PA)
Michael Fitzpatrick (PA)
Michael Grimm (NY)
Richard Hanna (NY)
Doc Hastings (WA)
Darrell Issa (CA)
Peter King (NY)
Kevin McCarthy (CA)
Buck McKeon (CA)
Patrick Meehan (PA)
Gary Miller (CA)
Devin Nunes (CA)
David Reichert (WA)
Hal Rogers (KY)
Peter Roskam (IL)
Ed Royce (CA)
Jon Runyan (NJ)
John Shimkus (IL)
Chris Smith (NJ)
David Valadao (CA)
Frank Wolf (VA)
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