Mon August 1, 2011
All Politics are Local

Rand Paul Vows No Compromise

House and Senate leaders prepared for possible votes Monday on the tentative deal to raise the government's debt ceiling and prevent a U.S. default. Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told NPR the votes could come as early as Monday evening, depending on the outcome of meetings with members. Both House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) pledged their support. However, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) promised to vote no.

The House began to debate the compromise on the floor Monday afternoon. House leaders portrayed the bill as a far-from-perfect first step in changing the debate in Washington about the national debt.