Has Republican Speaker John Boehner lost control of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives?
I think that’s a question worth asking, especially in the face of reports Speaker Boehner is having difficulty getting enough Republican votes to pass his debt limit legislation.
The endgame at hand, House Republicans struggled Thursday to pass legislation to prevent a looming government default while slicing nearly $1 trillion from federal spending. Senate Democrats pledged to scuttle the bill — if it got to them — in hopes of forcing a final compromise.
As afternoon debate headed toward evening, GOP leaders ordered an unexplained halt on the measure and Speaker John Boehner summoned a string of recalcitrant rank-and-file Republicans to his office.
Ultimately, I have no confidence in John Boehner and Republicans in the House to get some sort of reasonable debt ceiling legislation passed, so I can only hope that when all is said and done Congress will simply pass a quick and easy one-line “clean” debt ceiling increase so that our nation doesn’t default on its debt for the first time in its history.