A leadership aide said the fact that Boehner responded by redrawing his bill did not set a bad precedent. “The speaker has been clear that the majority is going to operate differently,” said Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring. “It’s going to operate collectively.”
One of the holdouts at the McCarthy pizza party was freshman Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.). He said he let out a whoop Friday morning when he heard that Boehner was making changes in his plan, including a requirement that Congress approve a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution before a second increase in the debt ceiling could occur.
Had he and his fellow holdouts shown that the House was no longer governable under the normal terms?
“We’re the people’s house,” he said. “We’re not supposed to be governed.”
Boehner’s colleagues sympathized with his situation Thursday, even as they resisted. Rep. Raul R. Labrador (R-Idaho) said the speaker was making the best of a difficult situation. “He knew he could not come to [me] and say, ‘Hey, you’ll get a bridge in Idaho,’ ” Labrador said. “He’s trying to use gentle persuasion.”