As was anticipated, the House vote to pass a clean debt ceiling bill with no amendments failed tonight, with 97 votes to pass and 318 votes against passage. Every Republican voted against passage except three, who did not vote at all. Democrats were fairly evenly split, with 97 voting for passage, 82 against it, and 13 either voting present or not voting.
So, how does the debt ceiling vote eventually end, since everyone knows that it will eventually get raised? The Plum Line has some interesting scenarios, including “vote passed in exchange for a batch of symbolic cuts that really don’t actually reduce spending.”
Sounds sort of like the government shut down all over again.
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