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At least two Florida holdouts as House prepares to vote on Boehner plan



UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: The House has postponed the vote.

At least two Florida Republicans -- Reps. Dennis Ross of Lakeland and Steve Southerland of Panama City -- are planning to vote against their party's plan to reduce the debt, joining a core of freshmen lawmakers pushing for deeper cuts.

Ross said on Facebook: "Let me just say, that it makes me sadly chuckle on the inside when I hear folks who were here in DC when pres. Bush didn't pay for the wars, raised discretionary spending by more than most Democrat Presidents, and generally approved budgets that led us down this path, tell me that 'I don't get it' -- and I mean folks in MY party."

The plan needs 217 votes to pass and House Speaker John Boehner has been whipping it furiously. Helping him is South Florida Rep. Allen West, a tea party hero who has faced some criticism for his stand in favor of the legislation. As of 4 p.m., it's still unclear whether Boehner has the support he needs.


5:20 p.m.: The GOP-aligned FreedomWorks says it is targeting key House members in opposition to the bill (groups says "cut, cap and balance" approach is better) including Florida Reps.

Jeff Miller


Tom Rooney


[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 12:13am]


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