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.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.