After weeks of warnings that the Republican Party would demand concessions in exchange for raising the debt ceiling—a politically risky move that threatened to replay much of the drama from last October that cost the GOP in the polls—House Republicans signalled Tuesday morning they did not have the votes and would instead move on a “clean” debt ceiling.
POLITICO’s Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan broke the news that the House caucus did not have enough votes to pass any set of demands, which had once potentially included approval of the Keystone Pipeline or a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridors. In the past few days, the demands had winnowed down to a renewal of sequester budget cuts with military funding restored.
Sherman and Bresnahan noted that even a clean debt ceiling vote won’t be easy, with Democrats expected to provide most of the support.
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