House Dem Leaders: Vote 'No' on GOP Debt Plan

But GOP is confident it will pass anyway

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 23, 2013 10:41 AM CST

(Newser) – The word of the day in the House is not "bipartisanship." Sources tell Politico that Democratic leaders will urge their fellow lawmakers in a caucus meeting this morning to vote against the GOP's proposal to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19. Their intention: force Republicans to secure the 218 votes necessary on their own. But don't expect nothing but "no" from the Dems: Politico adds that those same leaders anticipate that "dozens" will vote in favor of the plan as soon as the bill garners enough votes to pass. President Obama has said he won't block it, which means Harry Reid likely won't, either.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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