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story.lead_photo.caption House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Boehner said Thursday that it will be difficult to pass immigration legislation this year, dimming prospects for one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities. - Photo by AP/J. Scott Applewhite

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that the House will vote this week to increase the government’s borrowing cap without any add-ons demanded by Republicans.

The move amounted to a capitulation by Republicans to President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats who argued that the GOP should not attempt to use the must-pass increase in the so-called debt limit as leverage to extract concessions from the administration.

Boehner announced the plan after a poll of the Republican rank and file failed to show enough support for a strategy aimed at tying the raise in the debt limit to a plan to reverse a recently passed cut to military pensions.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • JakeTidmore
    February 11, 2014 at 4:13 p.m.

    And what does stab-veterans-in-the-back representative Terrible Tom Cotton think of this? Cotton is so committed to defaulting on our nation's bills that he would have voted against restoring benefits for veterans, and demanded instead that he not be forced to take that vote because it would hurt his U.S. Senate bid.

    It's a stunning display of Congressman Cotton's raw political ambitions. Stomping on veterans is how Cotton wants to get power. Tell him "NO" when you vote!

  • JakeTidmore
    February 11, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.

    The latest attempt at a concession by House GOP leaders was to restore the recently reduced cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for military members. The reason the bill is now "clean" is because Cotton wanted such help for the military removed. Looks like that Bronze Medal is in the shape of a giant screw meant to shaft American servicemen and servicewomen.

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