- John Boehner praised Kevin McCarthy for his handling of negotiations to raise the debt ceiling and trim the federal budget deficit
- The bill passed the House with 314 votes for and 117 against
- The Senate is expected to take up the bill in the coming days, which would be the first major legislative achievement of the Biden administration
Former House Speaker John Boehner has praised current Speaker Kevin McCarthy for his handling of negotiations to raise the debt ceiling and trim the federal budget deficit.
The bill to raise the government’s limit on borrowing and trim the federal budget deficit passed the House late Wednesday, leaving the Senate the last obstacle to avoiding a debt default. The deal, a compromise to shrink federal spending and avoid default, was forged by President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Out of 431 House members voting, 314 voted for the bill, compared to 117 against. This broad bipartisan support is a sign of the truce House Democrats and Republicans reached to get the legislation over the hump.
John Boehner, who served as speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, praised McCarthy for his handling of the negotiations. Boehner used a similar tactic in 2011 to negotiate federal spending cuts with then-President Barack Obama.
“We produced a bill that — in divided government — takes a step towards smaller government, less regulation, more economic growth, and more take-home pay,” Boehner said.
The Senate is expected to take up the bill in the coming days. If passed, it would be the first major legislative achievement of the Biden administration.