Until yesterday, it had been the Republican doctrine on Capitol Hill to oppose any raising of the debt limit that did not also include provisions for spending restraint or some other form of fiscal discipline.
The whole point of the 2011 debt limit negotiations -- the talks that led to sequestration spending cuts -- was to strengthen the precedent for requiring spending controls as part of any debt limit agreement.
But now, House Speaker John Boehner (pictured) has signed on to a proposal that would raise the debt ceiling, at least in the short term, without any corresponding cuts.
House Republicans have embraced the proposal for their own reasons, but there are signs that reaction among Senate Republicans will be very, very negative.
A Senate Republican aide said, “This is an idea that nobody would have associated with Republicans yesterday. There isn't a Republican in Congress who supported the idea of a clean debt limit increase without strings attached before yesterday.”
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