“The House passed a clean debt-ceiling hike of undetermined size on Tuesday…The bill was approved in a 221-201 vote, largely on the backs of Democrats. Only 28 Republicans voted for it, while 199 voted against.”
Faced with a president who refused to negotiate, a hostile press that would blame the GOP for the inevitable shutdown, even though engineered by Obama, there was probably little choice for Boehner—he didn’t have 218 votes for anything else he presented.
I’m sure some will disagree, but I believe this was the best move—to retreat for now and wait until after the elections when it is possible for the GOP to control the entire legislature, then make a move and double-dog dare Obama to veto it.
Only two Democrats voted against this—and Bustos wasn’t one of them. In the past, Schilling has said he plans to distance himself from the GOP leadership which was blamed for the shutdown last year, so my question is what would Bobby have done? Voted with the leadership that was for the clean bill or joined the majority of Repubicans against it?