WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House convened Saturday to vote down a bill modeled after a debt-ceiling proposal submitted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, even though Reid's legislation had yet to even clear the Senate. It was, in a sense, payback for Reid's decision to have his caucus table a bill sponsored by Speaker John Boehner that narrowly passed the House on Friday evening.
To no one's surprise, the GOP majority roundly defeated the Reid bill 246-173. The measure was sponsored in the House by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., and would raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion and cut spending by $2.2 trillion.
"We are going to let (Reid) know when we defeat it here … that it is not the plan that can gain broad support in the House and the Senate," Dreier said before the vote.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said Republicans had shown little interest in compromise. "The people aren't looking to us for what we can stop," he said. "They're looking to us for what we can do."