The legislation is sharply dividing the House GOP as well. In a meeting earlier today at the Capitol Hill Club, Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
urged their conference to stand united on the legislation, our colleague Billy House reported earlier
But conservatives, led by Republican Study Committee chairman Jim Jordan
, R-Ohio, are equally fired up in their opposition. "I am confident as of this morning there are not 218 Republicans who support" the bill, Jordan said, per our earlier report.
Democrats have been trying for months to drive a wedge between Boehner and the most conservative elements of his conference, both because it would benefit Democrats politically and help to form legislative coalitions. Now, the urgency of the debt ceiling debate has created a gap for them. A key consequence of the debate over the next week will be just how wide that gap grows.