Debt ceiling debate focuses on House plan
July 27th, 2011
07:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Debt ceiling debate focuses on House plan

Washington (CNN) - Competing Democratic and Republican plans to reduce federal deficits and raise the debt ceiling were subjected to a fresh round of criticism Wednesday, as signs of disarray emerged in a House Republican caucus split between unhappy conservatives and a leadership struggling to maintain party unity.

"Get your ass in line," House Speaker John Boehner told his fellow Republicans in the face of divisive infighting over his latest proposal, two GOP sources who attended a Wednesday morning meeting told CNN on condition of not being identified.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Republicans
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  1. DA

    If GOP don't get their tea bangers together and pass a bill, you can bet this is going to be like their Clinton government shutdown of 95!! They are so stupid they can't even see it coming. Yeah they are all sitting there listening to that fringe group call the tea party, but you can bet if the US debt is not increased and the rating drops (which it will now because of them) Americans will wake up and see the members in of the GOP in Congress are self serving with no ideas and needs to be put out of office!! Trust me the polls are lying to all you people, the President ratings are looking very good and this circus only helps it more!! The GOP are looking like the Un-Americans they are constantly accusing the Democrats of being. BYE!! BYE!!!

    July 27, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  2. John

    Why Is the Republican Keep wasting time on thing they know won't pass, what they need to do Is Compromise and get something that will pass. We don't have time to be wasting on anything to pass. the Republican are going to destroy America. If they don't get something pass soon All of American People will be paying more Interest on any thing they want. And the Tea Party Should think about this to, because any small Business that need to borrow money will all so pay higher Interest on money they want to borrow. And America would all so be paying more money for it dept, so how can you say not coming to a deal and Compromise would only do America good.

    July 27, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. WiredwierdinSF

    Unfortunately, Boehner is an honest man and cannot throw nonsense and lies around like the incompetent, inept, corrupt president or the union toadies that represent the liberat Democrat party in Congress. He has to be honest with the American people, he does not have unions and ACORN to steal elections from him and to thwart the will of and steal from the hard working American taxpayer. By the way for any of you that actually work and pay taxes, did you know that if you have a 401k plan Obama and the dopers consider you rich and are going to steal more of your money give it to the corrupt unions and the lazy slobs that cannot work because they cannot pass drug tests?

    July 27, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    We definitely have a Republican problem in this country.

    As much as conservatives wish to criticize Obama on his fiscal policies, America realizes that his policies have been their own conservative policies. The 'Party of No' has stood firm every time the President has tried to change policies from those enacted during the previous administration. They have held his nose to the grindstone on taxes and spending. Any policies failures are their own.

    What economic policies and changes have been put in place during Obama's term in office? He's kept the Bush Tax Cuts. Half of the Stimulus was a middle class tax cut. The other half of the Stimulus was split between infrastructure projects and incentives for banks to loosen credit to small business owners on Main Street, which they didn't do. The neo-cons have praised his troop surge in Afghanistan, which ultimately led to the capture of Bin Laden. The list of policies that have made a Democratic President govern like a conservative goes on and on.

    July 27, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Mel Basbaum

    As a naïve Canadian can the Republicans please explain the following:

    1: Would cuts to benefits not be the equivalent of an across the board tax cut since everyone will have to pay more out of pocket? Unfortunately, the burden will be felt most by those with the least disposable income.

    2: If increasing taxes to the very rich will be a job killer why has the unemployment rate been progressively worse since the Bush tax cuts?


    Mel Basbaum
    Hamilton (Dundas), Ontario, Canada

    July 27, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Good news for Cantor – Boehner will NOT be speaker next year.
    Bad news for Cantor – HE will NOT be speaker next year either.

    Vote the [R]s and Teabaggers OUT in 2012. They took the simplest process in the world and turned it into a bunch of lies and a whole lot of politics. Vote them OUT.

    July 27, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. FM

    I do assume none is enjoying this kind of dancing. My question is: Why then go to the dancing-floor if it doesnt suit?

    July 27, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Delay? Why? Simple: because the GOP has no intention of trying to pass a bill with Dem support. They want to manufacture something that will pass the House with only GOP votes, send it to the Senate and pretend that it's the only option remaining on the table whatsoever...and the later they can do that, the better (to their way of "thinking"). Or all the better if they can get like 3 of 218+ to be Dem votes, they'll run around claiming it was "bipartisan support." They are fiddling while Rome burns, plain and simple. Has everyone had enough bread and circus yet?

    BTW, in terms of their nonsensical reliance on 5 Dem votes for CC&B to claim that it was "bipartisan"...7 Republicans voted against it, so I suppose by their own definition there was greater "bipartisan" opposition to that ideological nonsense.

    July 27, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |