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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29:  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (C) walks to a House GOP caucus meeting July 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Boehner failed to bring debt limit legislation to the floor of the House Thursday night after he was unable to muster enough Republican votes.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (C) walks to a House GOP caucus meeting July 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Boehner failed to bring debt limit legislation to the floor of the House Thursday night after he was unable to muster enough Republican votes. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  

House passes Boehner’s Budget Control Act

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Amanda Carey
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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.

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 life support with little chance of surviving. (RELATED: Obama makes last-ditch plea for a debt deal)

One of the later conversions 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.

UPDATE: The White House released a statement on the House passing Boehner’s plan.

The bill passed today in the House with exclusively Republican votes would have us face another debt ceiling crisis in just a few months by demanding the Constitution be amended or America defaults. This bill has been declared dead on arrival in the Senate. Now that yet another political exercise is behind us, with time dwindling, leaders need to start working together immediately to reach a compromise that avoids default and lays the basis for balanced deficit reduction.

Senator Reid’s proposal is a basis for that compromise. It not only achieves more deficit reduction than the bill passed in the House today and puts a process in place to achieve even more savings, it also removes the uncertainty surrounding the risk of default. The President urges 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 the President can sign by Tuesday.

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  • SpaciousSkies

    Elections have consequences. Obama cannot steamroll the country they way he did before the last election.

    The country wants fiscal responsibility, and the Republicans have delivered it.

  • doncicciofitipaldi

    GREAT JOB!!!! ANOTHER WASTE OF TIME BILL THAT WOULD SCRUE THE MIDDLE CLASS AND ASK NOTHING OF THE RICH. IT IS DOE IN THE SENATE.

    YAY! REPUBLICAN HOUSE!!!! YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED FOR WASTING OUR TIME.

  • Bobo Brazil

    What a waste of time.

    Hard to believe “fiscally responsible” republicans don’t want to pay for Republican tax cut (passed without being paid for and with no reduction in Republican spending) Republican wars (particularly Iraq, passed without being paid for and carried off the budget until Obama put war spending on the budget) and the Republican’s largest entitlement expansion since LBJ ( Medicare Part D, passed, you guessed it, without being paid for.)

    2012 can’t get here fast enough.

    • RoadtoFREEDOM

      You’re clown. Stimulus wasn’t paid for, neither is Obamacare. Why do you bother posting?

      If you have 200b a month coming in and you cut taxes, and some ahole like Obama increases spending, then, yeah, the deficit will increase, and the debt, too. but, here’s the part you are too dense to understand comes in, if you cut spending, then you can afford the tax cuts, which stimulate the economy, and tax receipts RISE.

      You’re still bashing Bush… and I’m not going to defend Bush’s spending, because I was opposed to it. But if you want to hold Obama up as any kind of fiscally sane president, you’re a dishonest dweeb. His own budget got shot down in May 97 to 0 because it INCREASED spending and had cuts totalling 400b over 10 years… a non serious plan that NO ONE supported.

      So why don’t you shut the F up and let the grown ups talk.

  • Liberalsareblind

    Fu(k the Democrats! I truly hate their guts. That dumb fu(k Reid is a snake in the grass. What he and Obama want is not realistic, but they’re too stupid to realize how dumb and self-destructive they really are. What a bunch of fu(king buffoons!

    • doncicciofitipaldi

      I HOPE YOU MAKE AT LEAST $1M/YEAR…OTHERWISE YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!!!!! NOW GO ASK YOUR “ACCOUNTANT” (AKA YOUR FAT WIFE) IF YOU CAN AFFORD ANOTHER BIG MAC EVERY DAY. LMFAO!!!!!!!! YOU SHOULD HATE LESS AND THINK MORE.

      • RoadtoFREEDOM

        I would presume that your considerable time spent here ankle biting is intended to sway minds or prove your arguments superior… but the heartbreaking reality Don Don is you are the village idiot and don’t know it.

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  • patriot4evah

    I hate the GOP, with everything I have. I hate the GOP worse than the democrat party, at least they say what and who they are up front. We are always fighting the ruling class and treated like the black sheep of the family. This conservative might not vote for the first time in her lifetime. Had it with these people.

  • pink

    For a group of people who claim reverence for the Constitution, they sure play pretty fast and loose with constitutional amendments. Nothing like sticking one in a hastily cobbled together bill as a poison pill. Between that and their willingness to play brinkmanship with the economy, the TP has gone way beyond annoying all the way to completely nuts and dangerous. Enjoy your two years, nutzoids. That’s all you’re gonna get.

  • Old Timer

    This is a victory of sorts, but nothing to write home about for sure. We need to shutdown future budget deficits completely unless some sort of national emergency might dictate otherwise. No way in hell to ever pay down the national debt with a deficit budget. No way in hell to bear the burden of the interest on the national debt with the GDP being far, far less than necessary to continue living in a fantasy world of finance that should have ended long, long ago. There is no reasonable expectation of the GDP ever back to the 3.5% annual growth rate that might sustain our spending appetite but would still be short of reducing the debt. It’s guaranteed the International financial markets will be weighing in on our lack of credit worthiness even with a debt ceiling increase. They are not as stupid as some in our own government.

    • loudog

      hmmm, does the BBA allow for emergency deficits? What about the next time “conservatives” demand an invasion and occupation of another Arab country without wanting to pay for it?

      • Old Timer

        Yes, but let’s not just limit a National Security issue to Arab Countries. We have no choice but to respond to threats of our security regardless of where they may originate. However, we should go to war to win not to become engaged in hand holding. If you’ve ever been in combat you know full well war is hell and no one in their right mind would engage in a war just for the heck of it.

    • Bobo Brazil

      “We need to shutdown future budget deficits completely unless some sort of national emergency might dictate otherwise.”

      We have to repeal the BBA or pass another constitutional amendment next time we’re faced with an emergency?

      Printing/borrowing money is used in foreign policy, too.