GOP Spats Endanger Debt Deal

Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 12:35 PM

By Dan Weil

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House Speaker John Boehner is finding that it’s difficult to keep his fellow Republicans in the House unified. Policy disagreements among House GOP members make it a lot more difficult for him to achieve a deal for a bill to raise the government’s debt limit, The Hill reports.

gop spats compromiseThe spats have arisen over a host of issues, such as patent reform and a possible tax holiday. The predicament’s not an easy one for Boehner, despite his consummate deal-making skills, politicos say.

“It’s a huge problem,” says University of Kansas political science professor Burdett Loomis. Boehner “has to decide how much capital he wants to invest. … He has to not alienate people, like a committee chairman, who he might really need on a debt-limit vote.”




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