The debt limit bill from the House Republicans is so unbelievably extreme that it basically requires Obama to give up his entire agenda and repeal everything he’s passed up to this point, but it could actually be worse. Brian Beutler reports that about 40 Republicans in the House don’t think it goes far enough and want to add in things like repealing Medicare.
Late Thursday afternoon, House GOP leaders acknowledged that their debt limit bill, which they haven’t even released yet, lacks the votes to pass. “We still have some challenges,” said Rep. Tom Cole R-Okla, a deputy whip and a John Boehner ally, according to The Hill. “We’ve got an awful lot of support, but clearly at this point we don’t have a final product that’s attracting the number that we need. Hopefully that’ll change, and I think it could.”
The House proposal (at least as originally conceived) is a grab bag of GOP goodies, most of which were bullet points in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign platform. But it lacks the most controversial elements of the GOP agenda — Medicare privatization, Medicaid devolution — and as such doesn’t cut enough spending for some of the most hardline conservatives in the House Republican conference. It also doesn’t include any abortion restrictions.
As such, Boehner and his leadership team can’t whip up 217 Republicans (the current threshold for passage) to back it, and since zero Democrats will support their crazy plan, it’s dead. At least as currently written.
Yeah, that’s what is missing from the bill — more abortion restrictions. And a demand that the Democratic party disband itself and move to Antarctica.