The debt ceiling plan unveiled by Republicans on Monday was pulled on Tuesday morning because of lack of votes to pass the bill, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced today.
The bill that was proposed by Republican lawmakers yesterday would have extended the government’s borrowing authority for a full year and repealed the reduction in COLA benefits for military retirees. That bill proposed to extend current cuts to Medicare, the health insurance program for the elderly, to pay for the reversal of the cuts to military benefits.
Democrats flat out refused to accept any plan that would reduce cuts to Medicare.
Instead, Boehner said that he would move forward with a clean bill that would be acceptable to Democrat lawmakers.
Members of the House rose to suggest that both bills be voted on to see which one had the most support.
As a result of Boehner’s announcement of a clean bill, the Senate Conservatives Fund, are calling on House members to force Boehner from his position as House Speaker. They said in an email sent to supporters of the fund, “John Boehner must be replaced as Speaker of the House.”
A site set up by the Fund, replacethespeaker.com says, “Conservatives helped John Boehner become Speaker, but he has ignored us and helped President Obama enact his liberal agenda.” The website continues, saying, “Instead of using the House majority to stop bad legislation, Speaker Boehner has used it to increase spending, raise the debt limit, increase taxes, pass a bloated farm bill, and fund the implementation of Obamacare. Instead of fighting for conservative principles, Speaker Boehner has repeatedly surrendered to the Democrats.”
If the make-up of the House remains the same after the next election cycle, it is estimated that only 15 Republican members of the house have to hold back on their support for Boehner next January to thwart his re-election as Speaker of the House.
Republicans are bashing the fund that they say is attacking Republican leaders in an attempt to raise money at the party’s expense. The fund is run by staff members of former Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina.