Boehner Calls No-Strings Vote on Debt Ceiling
Boehner drops plan for military pension rider
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2014 9:30 AM CST
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill, Feb. 6, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – With the clock ticking, House Republicans ditched their last attempt to tie a policy rider to the debt ceiling today. John Boehner told fellow Republicans that he would instead bring a "clean" bill to the floor, raising the debt ceiling without conditions, the Wall Street Journal reports. Yesterday, Boehner and Co. had been leaning toward a bill that would have tied the increase to a restoration of recently cut military pensions, but that plan has been scrapped due to lack of GOP support.

Boehner is essentially relying on Democrats to pass the clean bill. They'll need at least 18 Republicans to join them, and some GOP sources tell Politico even that might be a stretch. The speaker had tried tying several policy ideas to the limit to draw GOP support, and thought military pensions, offset by an extension of planned entitlement cuts, would do the trick, the Washington Post reports. But conservatives largely opposed the plan. "We should honor our commitment to our veterans," one rep said. "But let's do that in a separate bill and find savings elsewhere." A vote is expected later today, to avoid the incoming East Coast storm.

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JERZJOE
Feb 13, 2014 8:25 AM CST
yeah!! there will be no more strings to hang on for the democ(rats)!! just wait till the rep take control in Nov 2014,repeal obamacare, give us less taxes, fix the debt etc.. !! then in nov 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! period!!
JERZJOE
Feb 13, 2014 8:17 AM CST
all the blame will be on the democ(rats)!! for this!! cause will all know!! just wait till the rep take control in Nov 2014,repeal obamacare, give us less taxes, fix the debt etc.. !! then in nov 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! period!!
SPHeroid
Feb 11, 2014 8:09 PM CST
Dead man walking....