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Boehner Tips His Hand, Hints At Deal With Democrats On Spending


If Tuesday's vote had failed, it would in all likelihood have touched off a government shutdown. That's an outcome Boehner wants to avoid. But to pass the spending resolution, he couldn't rely on his caucus alone -- the 54 defectors in his caucus, who drew a line in the sand in pursuit of much more drastic cuts and far-right policy measures, meant that he needed Democratic votes to get it done.

That's a no-win situation for him. He'll have to choose between bending to the will of the right flank of his party, and precipitating a government shutdown, or cutting a deal with the White House and congressional Democrats, and further alienating his base.

It's an unenviable choice, but based on this statement, the choice is clear.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at