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GOP Falls in Line Behind Boehner

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In this July 26, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference at The Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner, a career politician who once cut deals with Ted Kennedy, finds himself with a powerful title in confronting the debt crisis but little room to maneuver between his party’s right wing and the Democrats who control the Senate and White House.

Republicans on Wednesday appeared to be backing House Speaker John Boehner's revised plan to raise the debt ceiling despite an earlier rebellion. Boehner released his revised plan Wednesday, saying the latest version has been approved by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, but the summary of his plan indicates it will fall short of his original goal of cutting $1.2 trillion in federal spending over 10 years as part of the first phase of cuts. The speaker noted that his plan is “far from perfect, but it’s a positive step forward that denies the president the $2.4 trillion blank check." The Senate's majority Democrats all lined up as well—in opposition to Boehner's new plan.