October 15, 2013


Can Boehner Sell the Deal?

First Read: "Here's the good news if you're rooting for an end to the government shutdown and for the debt ceiling to be raised before the Treasury Department's Oct. 17 deadline: Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans are on the verge of a deal. But here's the bad news: No one -- right now -- is certain it will get through the GOP-controlled House."

"One thing that COULD help him is if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivers 25 GOP votes in the Senate (so more than half of his conference). Remember, during the New Year's fiscal-cliff deal, 40 Republicans voted for that compromise, though five of them are no longer in the Senate. The more Republicans who vote for the deal, the more cover Boehner has."

USA Today: "It is unclear whether Boehner can support the proposal, or if he will allow a vote on it if a majority of House Republicans oppose it."










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