Wed July 27, 2011
Democratic Whip: There 'May Be No Democrats' Voting For GOP Plan
The Democratic Whip in the House says it's likely that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will not get any votes from Democrats for the debt plan he presented earlier this week and is planning on putting up for a vote tomorrow.
"What Boehner is offering is a short term, interim solution, which will continue to keep us in this position," said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in an interview with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel.
Boehner has spent all day trying to keep his party in line and insure he has enough Republican votes to get the bill through the House, but the plan is not popular among Tea Party faction of GOP. It was widely reported that in a closed-door meeting, today, Boehner issued a stern command to Republican House members to get behind the plan he announced earlier this week.
"This is the bill," Politico reports he said. ""I can't do this job unless you're behind me."
As we reported earlier, House Deputy Whip Tom Cole (R-OK) said he could gather the 218 votes needed to pass the bill without any Democratic support.
But listening to Hoyer and Cole, it doesn't look like there's much movement toward a deal. Hoyer said the plan introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is what he'll vote for and Cole said it was Boehner's plan that he'll vote for.
Robert asked if there was any hope. Hoyer said Reid's bill, which "does exactly what Boehner ... wanted" was the hope.
Hoyer, like Cole, said he did not intend to let the country default. And if faced with a default, he would vote for a clean bill that only raises the debt ceiling.