Politics

Debt limit vote delayed

The House of Representatives has delayed a vote on Speaker John Boehner’s Budget Control Act.

BREAKING: House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy told reporters that the House will not vote on Boehner’s debt ceiling bill Thursday evening.

The vote was originally expected around 6:00 p.m. Thursday, but was delayed throughout the evening; McCarthy made his announcement around 10:30 p.m.

All day Thursday, the whip count did not bring Boehner’s bill “out of the woods.” If no Democrats cross party lines, the Speaker can’t afford more than 23 Republican defections if the measure is to pass and proceed to the Senate.

There are just four days until the Aug. 2 deadline, when the Treasury Department says the United States risks defaulting on its debts.