There was high drama at the Capitol on Thursday night as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was unable to convince enough members of his caucus that default would be bad and they had to vote for his bill to prevent it.
In an effort to attract votes, Republican leaders were trying to find a way to include with the debt limit bill a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, Politico reports.
As House Republican leaders called lawmakers to their offices Thursday night for a slice of pizza and a talk on why they should vote for the debt limit bill, Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was celebrating the changed atmosphere.
New rules banning earmarks mean that the leaders can't offer lawmakers big projects in their districts in return for voting for the bill.
“It is the most refreshing thing in the world to see what’s going on in there,” said Flake, who worked for the earmark ban. “This kind of negotiation a couple years ago would have cost about $20 billion.”
An aide to the Arizona GOP senator once described to me his approach as "all elbows," and they were windmilling on Wednesday as he said "Tea Party hobbits" will help reelect President Obama if they reject the House debt ceiling plan.
He read aloud from a Wall Street Journal editorial that depicted conservatives insisting on a constitutional amendment to balance the budget as living in a Tolkien fantasy.
Vehicle fleets would have to average 54.5 miles per gallon or 163 grams per mile of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025 — a 50 percent cut in greenhouse gases and 40 percent cut in fuel consumption compared with today’s vehicles, The Washington Post says.