By Bob Cusack, The Hill
House Republicans who signed a “cut, cap and balance” pledge are expected to decide the fate of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) new debt and deficit reduction bill.
Thirty-nine House Republicans embraced the pledge, which vows to oppose any bill that raises the debt ceiling unless it calls for major cuts, spending caps and a balanced budget amendment.
Nineteen of those 39 have said they will oppose, or will likely oppose, Boehner’s bill. Only six of them have publicly committed to backing the bill, or are leaning toward supporting it.
Then there are 14 others who have not said how they will vote. Republican leaders must convince most of these members to vote yes, or the bill will die on the House floor Thursday, according to an analysis by The Hill.
If every Democrat votes against the Boehner legislation, Republican leaders need to minimize defections to 23 in order to pass it.
The vote is, without doubt, the most important roll call of Boehner’s reign as Speaker. Passage would boost Boehner and his colleagues. A defeat would represent a devastating blow to the Ohio Republican.
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