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NOPE! Top House Conservatives Says Boehner Lacks Sufficient GOP Support To Raise Debt Limit


"I am confident as of this morning that there are not 218 Republicans in support of the plan," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told reporters at a Tuesday morning press briefing.

Two-hundred eighteen votes is the usual number required to pass legislation in the House. Because of vacancies, that number is currently 217. That means Boehner can lose no more than 23 Republicans and still pass his plan that would raise the debt limit and set the country up for another default crisis early in 2012.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said "very few" if any Democrats will join Boehner. "I don't want to give a number, but very few."

Asked if Boehner's plan can pass without Democratic help, Hoyer chuckled, "We'll see. I don't know, but we'll see I think. I think we'll see."

Benjy Sarlin contributed to this report.

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