The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, July 29, 2011

Jul 29, 2011 3:24am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson, and Desk Assistant Ben Waldron 

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “House Puts Off Debt Vote as Press by Boehner Fails” Short of support from their conservative members, House Republican leaders on Thursday abruptly put off a vote on their proposal to raise the debt ceiling and cut government spending, throwing last-ditch efforts to avert a government default next week into disarray. LINK 

The Washington Post’s Felicia Sonmez: “As debt vote looms, House Republican leaders whip up support” The vote Thursday evening on House Speaker John Boehner’s debt-ceiling plan — which was abruptly postponed a half-hour before it was set to reach the floor — presents perhaps the biggest test to date of the Ohio Republican’s speakership. LINK 

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Obama on the outside looking in at Capitol Hill debt debate” After House Speaker John A. Boehner cut him out of debt talks last week, President Obama has found himself relegated to an outside role, using his considerable public image to try to frame the debate going on 16 blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue. LINK

The LA Times’ Michael A. Memoli: “House calls off vote on Boehner debt ceiling plan” House leaders called off a vote on Speaker John Boehner's plan to cut federal spending and raise the nation's debt limit late Thursday, after a last-ditch lobbying effort failed to line up the Republican votes needed to ensure passage. Party leaders held out hope that further changes could attract wavering conservatives. The House Rules Committee was set to meet at 11 p.m. Eastern time to amend the measure, striking some or all of $17 billion in supplemental funds for Pell Grants, a move that would add to the plan's $915 billion in deficit savings..  LINK 

The Hill’s Russell Berman: “Pelosi: Dems will stay strong on Boehner vote” Asked if Democrats were holding firm against the bill, Pelosi replied: “Yes. That I do know.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says Democrats remain staunchly opposed to Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) debt-limit bill as Republican leaders struggle to find enough GOP votes to pass it through the House. LINK 

The NY Daily News’ Joseph Straw and Thomas M. Defrank: “Debt crisis: House GOP leaders put off vote as Boehner tweaks bill to entice Tea Party holdouts” Congress lurched closer to a meltdown Thursday night as House Speaker John Boehner yanked his debt bill – unable to convince Tea Party hardliners to sign on. In an embarrassing setback for the Speaker and the GOP leadership, Boehner ordered a delay – and later recessed the House to twist arms – minutes before the vote. LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley: “Debt-Increase Dispute Tests Boehner’s Power” U.S. House Speaker John Boehner faces today the sternest test of his power as U.S. House speaker — and even if the Ohio Republican triumphs, he will confront a still tougher challenge that could undermine his hold on his leadership post. The unity within the House Republican majority that Boehner forged this year to thwart President Barack Obama’s agenda frayed as the speaker was unable yesterday to amass the votes to pass his plan to cut the federal deficit and raise the U.S. debt ceiling. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Patrick O’ Connor: “Delay Tests GOP Cohesion” Thursday's late-night postponement of a vote on his debt-ceiling bill left House Speaker John Boehner struggling not only to secure the votes for the bill's passage, but to prove his ability to exert control over his restive troops. House Republican leadership aides had expressed confidence all day that Mr. Boehner would win the backing of enough balky conservatives to secure passage of his plan, but by 10:30 p.m. they gave up for the night, short of sure votes. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Donovan Slack and Theo Emery: “House delays a vote on debt limit”  Inflexible House Republicans forced Speaker John Boehner late last night to put off an expected vote on legislation to raise the country’s borrowing limit, dealing a stunning blow to the GOP leader’s authority just days before the country is set to run out of money. A House vote had been expected early yesterday evening but was delayed while Boehner and his deputies tried for hours to wring enough votes from conservatives to pass his plan to increase the nation’s debt limit. LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Allen, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan:  “Debt ceiling vote postponed; for John Boehner, 'it's all on the line'” John Boehner faces the biggest test of his speakership Friday morning as he tries to resuscitate a monumental debt-limit bill that was forced from the floor Thursday night because Republican leaders hadn’t lined up enough votes to pass it. On the line: The outcome of a debt-limit increase that has consumed Washington and New York for months. LINK

“Debt Ceiling Doomsday Plan.” LINK
“Rep. Schilling now a ‘Yes’ on raising debt ceiling” LINK
“Debt Ceiling, America gets angry” LINK

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