House Republicans on Monday afternoon will begin the process of voting on Speaker John Boehner’s (Ohio) debt reduction deal — a sure sign that GOP leaders have the votes to pass the bill.
The House Rules Committee is scheduled to take up the bill at 1:10 Monday afternoon, according to the committee, and leadership aides said Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) would likely bring the bill to the floor before the Senate votes.
That timing is a key sign that Boehner, Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) are now confident that despite opposition from liberal and conservative Members, they can put together a bipartisan vote to pass the bill Monday.
Initially, House aides had speculated that Cantor would wait to schedule the vote until after the Senate voted, hoping that a strong showing on the part of Senate Republicans would sway some fence-sitters in his party to support the deal.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.