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After a wild and bumpy ride, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed Speaker of the House John Boehner’s Budget Control Act Friday evening. The vote fell along party lines at 218-210, with 22 Republicans voting against the bill.
The House passage comes after many hours of arm-twisting and negotiating to get enough of the GOP freshmen class to promise a “yes” vote. At several points, the plan was on clear life support, with little chance of surviving. (RELATED: Obama makes last-ditch plea for a debt deal)
One of the later converts came Friday afternoon with Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
But it wasn’t without significant tweaks to Boehner’s plan. The speaker added a provision Friday morning that made a second tranche of money to raise the debt ceiling in six months from the passage of a balanced budget amendment.
Yet however much of a victory this is for the House GOP, the Budget Control Act is likely doomed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has publicly said the bill will fail in the upper chamber. And today, President Barack Obama essentially said getting the bill to pass in the House had been a waste of time.
“[It] does not solve the problem,” said Obama.
“Today I urge Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to find common ground on a plan that can get support from both parties in the House, a plan that I can sign by Tuesday,” he added.
Reid is also pushing his own debt-limit plan. More movement on that could come later on Friday and over the weekend.
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