"We supported that compromise. We could not get him the votes," Mulvaney continued. "That was our failure. We did not deliver the votes in the House. It wasn't the speaker's fault."
Observers have speculated that Boehner could lose his speakership if he sought to pass legislation that raised the debt ceiling and prevented a national default if that deal did not appease the conservative wing of House Republicans. Earlier in the day House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Boehner's speakership was safe.
"Sure, sure," Pelosi said on MSNBC when asked if she though Boehner would remain speaker after Congress passed the plan.