Last night, the House passed Speaker John Boehner’s debt proposal by a vote of 218 to 210 (22 Republicans opposed it, no Democrats voted for it). As we noted yesterday, the House Republican leaders made changes to attract support from fiscally conservative members. However, the bill was almost immediately tabled in the Senate; effectively killing it.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan doesn’t have enough support to bypass a Republican filibuster in the Senate, but Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) introduced it and it failed by a vote of 173 to 246 - no Republicans voted for it and 11 Democrats voted against it, that’s far-short of the 2/3 needed to pass it (the threshold for this bill was higher because House rules were suspended to bring it forward):
The House voted 173-246 on the bill, short of a majority and well short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage, which was required because Republicans brought up the bill under a suspension of House rules. Every Republican voted no, along with 11 Democrats.
There was some discussion among Democrats of voting “present” to protest the vote and show it up as a political stunt by Republicans, but ultimately all voting members voted for or against the measure.