Explained: Here’s Why Voting YEA on the Rules of Debate Supports Boehner’s Budget Deal


Members of Congress are culpable for a “deal” that will break spending caps and suspend the debt ceiling if they don’t prevent the “deal” from coming to the floor in the first place. To stop the “deal” from coming to the floor, House Republicans must break with their party and vote “no” on the rule for the bill.

Speaker Boehner and President Obama have reached a budget deal after weeks of negotiations that will increase spending by $80 billion and suspend the federal borrowing limit until March 2017.

The next step is for the House Rules Committee to advance a rule governing debate over the budget deal. If a majority of the House votes for the rule, the budget deal itself will to come to the House floor for a vote on final passage. Members can vote yes on Rules committee guidelines without approving the spending bill itself … if they want to hide behind a vote against final passage while essentially allowing the Boehner-Obama budget deal to become law.

The Rules Committee sets rules that will govern how the bill is considered by the House. It also provides opportunity for Republicans to halt a budget deal that will increase both the national debt and deficit—if they’re brave enough to step up.

The main takeaway? A vote for the rule is a vote that will put Obama and Boehner’s budget deal on the House floor for a vote—and likely make the sky the limit for government debt.