House GOP Leaders Put Debt Vote in Motion

Posted August 1, 2011 at 11:35am

House Republicans on Monday afternoon will begin the process of voting on Speaker John Boehner’s (Ohio) debt reduction deal — a sure sign that GOP leaders have the votes to pass the bill.

The House Rules Committee is scheduled to take up the bill at 1:10 Monday afternoon, according to the committee, and leadership aides said Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) would likely bring the bill to the floor before the Senate votes.

That timing is a key sign that Boehner, Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) are now confident that despite opposition from liberal and conservative Members, they can put together a bipartisan vote to pass the bill Monday.

Initially, House aides had speculated that Cantor would wait to schedule the vote until after the Senate voted, hoping that a strong showing on the part of Senate Republicans would sway some fence-sitters in his party to support the deal.