House Plans First Debt Bill Vote
Compromise measure now expected to pass, Republican aide says
The U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote first on the bipartisan debt deal, which will go to the floor as early as Monday night, Reuters is reporting, citing a House Republican aide. The Senate had been expected to take the bill first, with a vote as early as Monday afternoon, because it was reportedly more likely to pass there. But Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole told Reuters today he expected the bill to pass in the House. "I expect us to be able to move this with a very strong vote. We may need a few votes from the other side," he said. Meanwhile, Reuters just tweeted this foreboding flash on the vote: "House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says she's undecided on #debt limit bill, cites concerns about lack of new revenues." Sounds like it's going to be a hot Monday in Washington.