28 out of 232 House Republicans vote for clean debt limit bill

Current Speaker of the House John Boehner pushed through a clean debt limit bill on Tuesday that gives the White House unlimited borrowing power for the next year. Only 28 Republicans - mostly allies of Boehner - voted for the bill while 199 Republicans opposed it. I say current speaker because a revolt by GOP back benchers is a real possibility. Several prominent conservatives like Mark Levin and Sean Hannity have already called for the speaker's head while the Senate Conservative Fund has also urged Boehner's removal. The thinking of the GOP leadership is that fiscal fights have become a loser for Republicans and in order to take advantage of the unpopularity of Obamacare, the party must keep the focus on the health care law in order to win big in November. The Hill: GOP "yes" votes included Boehner and his top lieutenants, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.). House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) voted "no." The bill...(Read Full Post)