Idaho's Labrador one of 14 swing votes Boehner needs on debt bill, says The Hill

Freshman 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador's vote is
among a handful that will decide today's expected tally on House Speaker John Boehner's debt and deficit reduction bill, according to The Hill.

"He's leaning no but he's still undecided at the moment," said Labrador spokesman Phil Hardy Thursday morning. The vote is expected to begin about 3:45 p.m. Mountain Time.

Idaho's 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson, a subcommittee chairman and close ally of Boehner, is expected to vote for the bill.

Labrador is among a group of 39 House Republicans who pledged to oppose any bill that raises the debt ceiling unless it includes major cuts, spending caps and a balanced budget amendment. Boehner's bill doesn't include a balanced budget amendment.

The Hill says 19 of the 39 have said they will oppose or likely oppose Boehner's bill. Six have said they will back the measure, or are leaning yes.

That leaves the 14 undecideds, including Labrador, who are subject to heavy pressure to support Boehner. Labrador is one of four in the undecided group who broke with GOP leadership on a continuing resolution bill in March and the final fiscal 2011 budget deal.

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Does it really matter....?

From what I understand, it won't get through the Senate anyway.

Another waste

What's with the wasting of time and resources. This vote simply is a "confidence" vote for Boehner. It's DOA to the Senate.

That's right

The Democrats. The party of "NO!"




Not this time

Actually, through all of the debt talks the GOP has been the party of NO.

They said "We want major cuts." The Dems gave them what they asked for. The GOP said "NO. We want MORE cuts." The Dems caved. The GOP said "NO. We want the cuts without any tax increases." The Dems caved. The GOP said "NO. We want all of the cuts, no tax increases and no change to the loopholes."

Harry Reid actually proposed a bill that was EXACTLY what the GOP had asked for. The GOP said "NO" What more do they want? They got everything they asked for. As near as I can tell, they won't go along with it because a Democrat wrote it.

Now THAT is really the party of NO.

Skippy, you're delusional, go back to the Boise Weekly

Provide PROOF that the dems did what you claim. Reid, since the begining, has has said any House bill will be a no vote before even reading it.

What were the "major cuts" dems offered? What were these so called additional cuts? No tax increase? Really? PROOF! LOL.

Seriously sweetie, stop the lies. The president does enough of that. It just make you look stupid, and that's just sad.



Too literal? I'm sorry you feel I have a Literal Agenda!

So will he

be a traitor to the Tea Party or a traitor to the country?

Stopping the country

from becoming unrecoverable in debt is a traitor to the country?

Hmmm. I'm thinking it's the other way.


...I'd say you weren't thinking.

I have an idea

Let's default our way out of debt...

Bo Gritz? Are you back?

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Would matter if it were actually going to happen TE-POCKETA

Okies are feeling might low.


Too literal? I'm sorry you feel I have a Literal Agenda!

He's leaning no????

He's leaning all right...he's leaning so far to the right that he can't see reality anymore. I'd just like to slap the crap out of the lot of them. Boehner can't lead, Labrador can't lead or follow...what a joke.

Oh you brute....

Yeah, I'm sure they fear a limp wristed slap from you. LOL!

You cannot trust Harry Reid,

You cannot trust Harry Reid, he blows with the wind.

I would prefer that Mr. Labrador

return to his native country and do them, rather than come back to Idaho and do us. Bohner is a dead duck either way cause Raul don't know which way to point anyway.


That sentence was well put together... for a 4th grader!

Geography Lesson

Raul was born in Puerto Rico which is, wait for it, not another country but part of the United States. I don't support Labrador but I cannot stand racist asshats like you. Take your racist drivel elsewhere.

News flash...this IS his country.

Perhaps a geography / civics lesson is in order (not to mention grammar). Vaughn Ward, is that you?

Girls, calm down!


Too literal? I'm sorry you feel I have a Literal Agenda!

Yes, his vote matters.

Congressman Labrador’s vote matters because the House Republicans need to work together if they are going to have much impact on the final resolution to this debt limit/budget standoff. If the Speaker is not able to pass a bill, even one destined to be rejected or modified in the Senate, then House Republicans as a group won’t have much to say about how this ends.

Labrador and his fellow freshman Republicans have been effective in changing the discussion in Congress by taking a strong stand and earlier passing the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill. That’s good, but now it’s time to get down to the work achieving what is really possible when dealing with the reality of the entire Congress, including the Senate. At this point for Labrador to continue to force a stalemate within his own Republican caucus would be to act like Don Quixote – jousting with windmills for no useful purpose.