The Washington Post: “House Speaker John A. Boehner abruptly canceled a vote on his plan to lift the federal debt limit late Thursday after failing to persuade recalcitrant conservatives to back the measure and help him avert an economy-rattling default.”
The New York Times: “Short of support from their conservative members, House Republican leaders on Thursday abruptly put off a vote on their proposal to raise the debt ceiling and cut government spending, throwing last-ditch efforts to avert a government default next week into disarray.”
“Inflexible House Republicans forced Speaker John Boehner late last night to put off an expected vote on legislation to raise the country’s borrowing limit, dealing a stunning blow to the GOP leader’s authority just days before the country is set to run out of money,” the Boston Globe writes.
The Daily News: “In an embarrassing setback for the Speaker and the GOP leadership, Boehner ordered a delay - and later recessed the House to twist arms - minutes before the vote. One by one, recalcitrant Republicans were marched into Boehner's woodshed for some tough-love counseling. Four hours after the vote was supposed to happen, House leaders gave up for the night. Hill sources reported Boehner was tweaking the bill to entice a handful of Tea Party holdouts - and hopes to pass it Friday.”
“The House Rules Committee convened at 11 p.m. to pass a rule allowing the GOP to revise and vote on the bill Friday,” The Hill writes. “The GOP leadership scheduled a meeting of the full conference Friday morning.” More: “House Republican leaders are extremely frustrated with members of their conference. There is a particular irritation at Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) for publicly opposing the House bill.”
Bloomberg: “House Republican leaders, four days before a threatened U.S. default and facing stiff resistance within their ranks to raising the U.S. debt ceiling, plan to make a second try at passing legislation that is headed for a Senate roadblock. Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner were forced to scrap action on the measure late last night. They are considering a rewrite for a second time this week after face-to-face meetings with recalcitrant lawmakers failed to yield the votes to push it through the House.”
Harry Reid tweaked the GOP House for an inability to govern, per The Hill: "I apologize to everyone for the late hour, but we've been waiting for the House to conduct their business and they're having trouble conducting it.” (AARP endorsed Reid’s plan.)
“Liberal group Americans United for Change is teaming up with a trio of large unions to air television ads attacking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and seven potentially vulnerable Republicans for stance on raising the debt ceiling,” The Hill writes.