Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GOP leaders to meet with rank and file Republicans on debt limit vote

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Washington (CNN) - With a showdown over raising the debt limit looming, House Republican leaders said Tuesday they will hold a series of "listening sessions" for rank-and-file GOP members when Congress returns from its break next week. The sessions are designed to get feedback on how to frame the controversial upcoming vote to raise the nation's debt limit, according to several GOP sources on a conference call for House Republicans.

The meetings will be coordinated by House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, with Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, laying out the issues related to the debt ceiling, and trying to get consensus from GOP lawmakers about what conditions they want to place on any vote to raise the borrowing limit. McCarthy and Ryan held similar sessions in the weeks leading up to the vote on the House GOP budget plan.

The GOP sources on Tuesday's conference call told CNN that Speaker John Boehner restated his insistence that there would be no vote to authorize additional borrowing authority for the Treasury Department without conditions attached to it.