For anyone working off the theory that House Speaker John Boehner is bad at his job, the Washington Post and the New York Times each feature headlines today about Mr. Boehner and his leadership team being rebuked – that’s the actual verb – by their own party. Mr. Boehner lost a vote yesterday on a measure to keep funding the government past the new shutdown date of September 30. The GOP wants to offset money for FEMA with cuts elsewhere; Democrats aren’t having it, and hardliner Republicans aren’t happy, either.
From the NYT:
The vote also showed the Republican leadership’s continuing struggle to corral the most conservative members of the caucus, as more than 40 Republicans rejected the measure because they did not believe it cut spending enough.
The setback on a bill that only a week ago seemed headed for easy passage came just hours after Representative Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican and majority leader, joined other top Republicans in predicting that the House would pass it.
The vote failed by 230-to-195 – and that’s with six Democrats voting for the Republican bill. Remember, Republicans control the chamber by 243-192. The Speaker’s list of choices now is neither long nor attractive.