But will get the votes by tonight
As the House raced toward a vote to raise the debt ceiling, Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Thursday that Republicans don’t yet have the votes to pass the package, but predicted his leadership team would get the legislation across the finish line this evening.
“We do not have the votes yet,” Boehner told a closed meeting of House Republicans Thursday morning in the Capitol, according to sources in the room. “But today is the day. We’re going to get it passed.”
Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who met with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Wednesday, told lawmakers the bill didn’t have as much savings as he would like, but he will vote for bill.
GOP leaders are also showing more public confidence. In an interview with POLITICO Thursday, Cantor predicted a “strong vote in the House,” and said Senate Majority Leader Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hasn’t passed a bill yet.
“After today, Harry Reid is going to have two bills,” Cantor said. “He’s going to have the bill that we moved out which is our optimum cut, cap and balance and now he’ll have another bill, which is a compromise bill. There are things in it that he likes and the ball will be in his court at that point.”
The House will vote on the bill at around 5:45 p.m., well after markets close