After abandoning late Monday their plan to lift the debt limit and restore military pension cuts, House GOP members are now prepared to vote on a “clean” debt ceiling increase Wednesday, with the borrowing limit to be extended until March 15, 2015.
Washington Analysis commentators questioned Tuesday whether Republicans “can provide enough votes to get the measure across the finish line. We believe the answer is yes.”
House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has stated that there will be at least 180 Democrats who will vote in favor of a clean debt limit extension, the analysts state. “That means that House Republicans will need to find 37 votes for the measure (it could be fewer if GOP members vote ‘present,’ thereby bringing down the number of votes necessary for a majority).”