by Frank James
Within the House Republican Conference, an unofficial “tough vote” caucus is taking shape.
Its members are the ones who tend to cast the unpleasant, politically painful, bite-the-bullet votes — like this week’s debt ceiling vote. Other fiscal votes that fit the pattern include last year’s fiscal cliff deal or the vote to end last year’s partial government shutdown.
The numbers in the tough vote caucus vary slightly from bill to bill, but the core contingent is fairly small in size: Just 28 House Republicans, for example, voted with nearly all the Democrats — 193 of them —to raise the debt ceiling. Continue reading “Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP’s ‘Tough Vote’ Caucus”