House Speaker John Boehner Urges Republican Support of Debt Bill

Jul 28, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
House Speaker John Boehner wants Republican support of his debt bill

While President Obama continues to haggle with Congress over the debt crisis, House Speaker John Boehner is urging Republicans to come together in passing the House GOP debt bill.

According to CNN, Boehner led a tension-filled meeting behind closed doors with House GOP leaders. He reportedly admonished those who felt his debt bill wasn't sufficient to "Get your ass in line."

Staff members for the Republican Study Committee sent emails to influential outsider groups to pressure fellow Republicans in opposing Boehner's plan to address the debt crisis, according to the news source.

"Earlier this week, an RSC staffer sent an inappropriate email to outside groups that identified members of Congress he believed were undecided on the debt reduction proposal offered by the Speaker," Brian Straessle, RSC spokesman, said in a statement. "This action was clearly inappropriate and was not authorized by the Chairman or any other members of the staff."

Boehner's plan still has to pass the House and will then go through the Senate where Majority Leader Harry Reid has his own proposal, according to NPR.