Skip to main content

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) stand together at a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Guys, this isn't hard to figure out. Just do it.
The first thing you need to know about raising the debt limit is that it's actually not that hard to do: Congress simply needs to pass a one-sentence piece of legislation that—drum roll, please—raises the debt limit.

But even though raising the debt limit is easier than renaming a post office—and even though failing to raise the debt limit would force the U.S. government into default and create economic chaos—House Republicans still can't figure out how to put one foot ahead of the other and take care of the inevitable.

The latest:

House Republicans on Wednesday acknowledged that their two leading options for dealing the  federal debt-limit do not have sufficient support inside the GOP caucus, strengthening the hand of the people who argue for a clean debt limit bill. [...] The reports from Cantor and McCarthy were brief and direct: the votes aren't there, they told Boehner, and Republicans need to develop a new debt-limit plan.
The thing to remember here is that between Democrats and sane Republicans, the votes are there for a clean debt limit hike. Combine that with the fact that the votes aren't there for a ransom note, a clean debt limit bill is actually the only option for House Republicans, yet they still cannot bring themselves to acknowledge this obvious reality, at least according to this CNN report:
It’s unclear now what House GOP leaders will do.
There's nothing to discuss. The debt ceiling should be the most boring thing in the world. It needs to get raised, and the way you raise it is simply by raising it. This is not rocket science. There's no good reason that House GOP leadership hasn't taken care of business already.

I hope everyone who wrote those article talking about how House Speaker John Boehner was pleased to finally be back in control of his caucus, because if this is what control looks like, I'd hate to see mayhem.

Update:

Hahaha. Here's Boehner's latest play:

A new break in the GOP's debt-ceiling strategy emerged at a private lunch on Wednesday, where House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) encouraged his allies to consider linking a restoration of recently cut military benefits with a one-year extension of the federal government's borrowing authority.
The thing that makes this particularly awesome is that whatever happens with the debt limit, these benefits will be restored, so Boehner is just scrambling to find something that he can claim that he "won" as a demand. As far as I'm concerned, I'd go ahead and "give" it to him, just so long as nobody deludes themselves into thinking that Republicans should get any sort of credit for it. (Edit: The military benefits COLA issue is tied up with the unemployment benefits extension, so if Boehner wants to attach military benefits to the debt limit bill, he should also deal with unemployment benefits at the same time.)

Another side helping of awesome here: If Boehner adds this as a "condition" he'd be demanding a spending increase in exchange for raising the debt limit. Still bizarrely dysfunctional, but yet how far we've come.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:45 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site