Boehner On Debt Limit: When You Don’t Have 218 Votes ‘You Have Nothing’


House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made clear there aren’t enough votes in his chamber that support the GOP’s latest debt ceiling plan.

That fact pushed House Republicans to switch to supporting a clean debt ceiling hike instead.

“We don’t have 218 votes,” Boehner said Tuesday according to Roll Call. “When you don’t have 218 votes, you have nothing.”

House Republican leadership announced on Tuesday that they had opted to give up on a plan to extend the debt ceiling if that deal also included reversing cuts to military retirement benefits paid for by across-the-board spending cuts to Medicare providers for an additional year.

The House plans to vote on the clean debt ceiling deal Tuesday evening.