Newest GOP debt-ceiling demand: Undoing cuts to military benefits that they agreed to two months ago « Hot Air: "A worthy cause, but the real cause here is saving face. After the Keystone/ObamaCare bailout “demands” imploded, they needed a back-up that would/could/should appeal to the entire caucus. They don’t want to give in to Obama and Reid by doing a clean debt-ceiling hike, but they may have no choice since there’s virtually nothing Boehner can get 218 Republicans to agree on by way of a new demand. Some House conservatives don’t want to vote to raise the debt ceiling no matter how much leadership sweetens the pot. Others thought Keystone wasn’t sweet enough because it looks like Obama’s going to cave on that anyway. And others thought the “risk corridor” repeal wasn’t sweet enough because, if you believe CBO, that’ll actually be a moneymaker for the feds this year. Time for Plan B, then: Let’s get rid of the cut to cost-of-living adjustments for military salaries under the Ryan/Murray budget that passed before New Year’s. More money for the troops will surely shake free 218 Republican votes and force Senate Dems into a tough floor vote on whether to accept the new demand.
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