House Holds Off on Boehner Debt Bill Vote July 28; Unclear When Vote Will Be

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House Republican leaders decided late July 28 to postpone a vote on the GOP-backed bill to raise the debt ceiling in a two-step process and put in place discretionary spending caps to save $917 billion over 10 years. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House GOP whip, told reporters there would be no vote July 28 following an approximately five-hour delay in the bill's consideration on the House floor. He did not say when a vote would occur. Several GOP House members, including some who were publicly committed to voting “no,” shuttled in and out of the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) during the night as leaders tried to wrangle the needed votes to approve the bill (S. 627) and send it to the Senate.

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