GOP confident new short-term debt-ceiling hike will pass the House
In a hopeful sign for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), some of the House Republican Conference’s most conservative lawmakers say they’re going to support the legislation. The GOP’s three-day retreat last week in Williamsburg, Va., helped corral support from them.
“Let’s spend the next 90 days having [a discussion about long-term fiscal policy],” said Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.), a conservative on the House Budget Committee who will support the debt ceiling deal. “How much debt are we going to ring up? I’m sure the president would like a four-year extension. So how much debt are we going to ring up in the next four years? What do you plan to do Mr. President, and what are your proposals? And the Senate, what are yours?”…
“I think it’s always been a good idea to realize that when we write a check, we should cover it,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who plans to support the bill. “And we write a check when we pass a budget. We write a check when we appropriate.”