The House will vote Wednesday on raising the U.S. debt limit without conditions, Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday, ignoring factions of his party that called for tying the measure to defunding of Obamacare and including benefits for military retirees.
Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said Democrats will need to back the measure, which will get minimal Republican support.
“We’ll let the Democrats put the votes up,” Boehner said, adding that he had spoken to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who told him there will be enough Democratic support to pass the measure.
On Monday night, Republicans had said they would move a debt-limit increase that would include benefits for military retirees. President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have said for months that a debt-ceiling increase must not be combined with any other policy measures.
“The bottom line is we need to get our work done,” Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican, told reporters Tuesday after a private party meeting. Regarding a simple extension, Sessions said, “That’s what I think will end up passing.”