12 February, 19:36

House grudgingly passes debt bill—GOP fears public’s impatience

By Rob Sachs

WASHINGTON (VR)— The House Republican leadership showed they had little stomach for another debt ceiling battle by bucking most of their party and passing through a clean debt bill Tuesday. The measure passed 221-201. 28 Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, joined almost all the Democrats in the House to get the bill through. The Senate has vowed to pass the bill and President Obama says he will sign it.

Host Rob Sachs talks about the passage with Steve Billet, director of the Legislative Affairs Program at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.

Billet tells Sachs, "It looks as though the leadership at least in the Republican Party was first of all looking at the possibilities and the downside of a protracted battle here in an election year and what it might do to the party and their electoral prospects. Interestingly, some of the polls have showed that if there is blame to be laid here for another government shutdown on this issue, that a large majority of the population is going to lay this at the feet of the Republican Party."

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