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House Republicans Unprepared For Senate Rejection Of Boehner Debt Limit Plan


"We're going to put all this at the doorstep of Harry Reid," Rep. John Fleming (R-FL) told reporters Thursday. I asked whether Boehner had prepared caucus members for the possibility that they'll have to grapple with yet another compromise -- this one between Boehner's bill and a similar plan Reid wrote himself.

"No, no discussion about that at all," Fleming said.

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) -- a conservative supporter of Boehner plan -- says Republicans are looking no farther than Thursday's vote. "The bottom line is this: What happens after this really depends on Harry Reid, and hopefully they get beyond the do-nothing aspect that they have shown in my time since I've been up here, and they move on this."

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), after sitting on the fence for days, announced his support for Boehner's plan at Thursday's meeting. "The expectation among members is we need to focus on our work here," Pence said. "We're all trying to remain focused on the House doing its job for the American people.

But Senate Democrats are vowing to kill Boehner's bill -- and if they do, the overwhelming likelihood is that they send back to the House a hybrid version of the Boehner and Reid plans. Those changes might even be fairly modest -- but for now Republicans say there's little room for any.

"I think we'll look at it. It just depends on what they are," Fleming said. "They've got to meet our basic principles. Speaker Boehner says that there's got to be more cuts than debt ceiling increase."

"We'll be here Saturday and Sunday," said Rep. Peter King (R-NY). "Somebody did ask what happens if it gets to the Senate and if they change it and, basically, stay tuned."