Wanted to make sure you all saw this AP story where Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said that when it comes to the Boehner plan, he is confident "that as of this morning there are not 218 Republicans in support of this plan."
At this late hour, Speaker Boehner should heed this warning from his own conference, drop his insistence on an irresponsible short-term bill and pass the proposal outlined by Senate Majority Leader Reid. As Mr. Hoyer said this morning at his weekly pen and pad briefing, Speaker Boehner should not count on Democratic votes to support his short-sighted proposal.
And now it appears he may not be able to count on Republican votes either.
AP: GOP lawmaker: Boehner's debt bill lacks support
By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A top Republican House member says he thinks Speaker John Boehner lacks the GOP votes needed to pass his debt-ceiling plan in the House.
Jim Jordan of Ohio told reporters Tuesday that he's confident "that as of this morning there are not 218 Republicans in support of this plan." That's the number needed to pass bills in the House. Democrats are expected to overwhelmingly oppose Boehner's plan for a two-step debt-reduction process.
Jordan chairs the Republican Study Committee, which includes scores of House conservatives. He says he opposes Boehner's plan because it would not cut spending enough and it would not require a balanced budget.