New Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., called the House’s No Budget, No Pay Act, which is serving as the vehicle for the short-term debt limit agreement, as “red meat to the tea party.”
“Whatever,” she said dismissively.
House Democrats, however, were not as supportive of the short-term debt limit extension and provided 86 of the “no” votes in the 285-144 vote.
Still, many Democrats and the White House praised the House GOP’s decision to move on the short-term extension as a victory, explaining that the measure was a sign Republicans have dropped their demands to extract $1 of cuts for every $1 dollar the debt limit is raised.
In a statement, Reid praised Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio for engineering approval of a bill that “surrenders the hostage Republicans have taken in the past by decoupling the full faith and credit of the United States from cuts to Social Security and Medicare, or anything else. In substance, this is a clean debt limit increase that will set the precedent for future debt ceiling extensions.”
But Republicans are framing Wednesday’s action on the House floor as just delaying the bigger debt fight until mid-May so that it comes after Congress figures out a way forward on a bill to avert government shutdown or roll back scheduled across-the-board cuts dictated by the Budget Control Act.