“The McConnell plan doesn’t have 218 Republican votes — no way,” Jordan, the head of the conservative wing of his caucus, told “Fox News Sunday.” “There’s all kinds of conservatives in the Republican Study Committee and in the House Conference who will not support” it.
However, he conceded that the faction’s votes may not be necessary.
“Who knows if there’s a combination of Republicans and Democrats who will support it?” Jordan said when pushed on whether he thought the McConnell plan would pass.
In the past week, the only bipartisan agreement to emerge from Washington is a public dissatisfaction with the McConnell plan, even as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle tinker with it behind closed doors to create a tenable fallback plan in case Congress fails to reach a bigger deal by the Aug. 2 deadline.
With only 16 days left before the Treasury’s stated deadline to extend the nation’s borrowing capacity, it might be Congress’s only choice.
“I’m not a fan of the McConnell deal,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s a political answer, not a real answer, to the problem.
“I’m working very hard so that’s not our only choice — but I will say this, we cannot default on our debt. ... We know what a catastrophe that would be,” the Maryland Democrat said.
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.