The House Rejects Senate Debt Limit Deal Three Days Before the Government Default

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives rejected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling Saturday — partisan payback for the Democratic-controlled Senate’s rejection of Speaker John Boehner’s plan Friday night.

One hundred seventy-three House members backed the plan while 246 were opposed. Most Democrats supported the measure; every Republican rejected it.

GOP leaders conducted the vote on Reid’s bill under rules requiring a two-thirds majority for passage, thereby ensuring its defeat.

The vote was a likely prelude to a long weekend of furious back-room negotiations between congressional leaders looking for a way to end a tense political standoff and avoid a potentially catastrophic federal default next week.






  • Gjacolby83

    This is really starting to aggravate me! I mean I don’t understand how these people are elected in the first place. I mean come on and make the deal already. I know this is the greatest country in the world but right now we are really not showing it and it sucks. There are so many other issues that we could be dealing with right now and we can’t even get pass this so called debt celling crisis.