The House approved the debt ceiling increase by a 269-161 vote. The Senate is expected to pass it today, just hours before the midnight deadline. Both Parties are finding fault with the bill. Wondering how your Rep voted? Here’s the roll call.
Liberals are furious, feeling like they’ve been rolled and President Obama allowed it. Fifty nine GOP freshman supported the deal, while only 28 voted against it, though assuredly none of them liked it. Almost all GOP presidential hopefuls oppose the bill, or seem to.
The Pentagon faces billions in cuts, but it’s unclear exactly how much.
POLITICO has a behind the scenes look at how the deal went down.
The compromise achieves little and only delays what most see as the country’s key financial decision: whether to raise taxes or reduce Medicare, write the Los Angeles Times.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says he’s not sure whether the United States will keep its AAA rating or not.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), still recovering from a gunshot wound, made a surprise return to cast a vote.
In other news, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu appears to have accepted Obama’s demand to negotiate based on the 1967 borders.
Private health insurers must now give birth control and other women’s health tests for free, the Obama administration said.
And an ex-staffer says Newt Gingrich pays for fake Twitter followers. Newt denies.