Boehner’s False Pledge

04 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The Speaker has privately told Republican lawmakers anxious about the fallout from the government shutdown that he would not allow a potentially more crippling federal fallout as the atmosphere on Capitol Hill turned increasingly tense on Thursday. His comments, based on multiple accounts that he would use a combination of Republican and Democratic votes to increase the federal debt limit if necessary appeared aimed at reassuring his colleagues—and nervous financial markets—that he did not intend to let the economic crisis spiral further out of control. His comments came even though he has so far refused to allow a Senate budget measure to end the shutdown that many believe could pass with bipartisan backing. What’s clear to me is that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and his small band of followers, are still calling the shots to block funding for the health care law, and Boehner remains afraid to cross him.

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