The House of Representatives will vote today on a three-month extension of the nation’s debt limit, which the White House has said President Obama would sign. While there will be some dissent from conservative members, the vote shows that House Republicans have completely caved to the White House.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is thought to be a potential candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, sharply criticized House Republican leadership during a speech in South Carolina on Monday, according to Politico:
In remarks to the Charleston Meeting, a gathering of conservative leaders in the first-in-the-South presidential primary state, Paul rebuked the House for its plans to delay the debt limit fight by a few months. Republicans intend to vote this week on raising the country’s statutory debt limit to delay a spending standoff with the White House by about three months.
“I saw the speaker on TV handing the newly sworn-in president a flag. I am afraid it was the white flag of surrender,” the Kentucky Republican said, according to a GOP source present at the meeting.
Alluding to the House GOP’s gathering last week in Williamsburg, Va., Paul jabbed: “They came out of their retreat and retreated.”