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House rejects Senate Democrats' debt-limit proposal

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."

House rejects Senate Democrats' debt-limit proposal 07/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:23pm]
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