No one knows yet how the debt-ceiling standoff in Washington will end. But we can at least report that Connecticut lawmakers have lined up against the plan put forward by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, which will come up for a cliffhanger vote later this evening.
Boehner’s plan would raise the debt ceiling in two stages: the first one triggered by immediate spending cut of about $900 billion and the second in six months, to be triggered by another package of still-to-be-determined cuts.
At last check, Boehner was still rounding up Republican votes for his plan, and he wasn’t likely to get many, or perhaps any, Democratic “yes” votes. And certainly not from Connecticut’s all-Democratic delegation.
“It’s not even a close call,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. “Boehner wants to do this in December. Are you kidding?”
Others in the delegation expressed similar sentiments about the uncertainty it would create. And when the Senate takes up the plan, also later tonight, both Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal have indicated they will also vote against it.