House Republicans held a vote on Tuesday regarding whether or not to raise the nation's debt limit, with 318 votes against the measure.
Huffington Post Senior Political Reporter Amanda Terkel appeared on "The Ed Show" Tuesday night to discuss the debt ceiling. Terkel explained that Republicans were trying to both reinforce their message that spending cuts should be paired with the debt limit, and to "give some of their more conservative members, maybe who were elected by tea party activists, some political cover."
Terkel also said that Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) "absolutely had a valid point, no one expected this to pass... Hoyer was wise in telling his members, 'vote how you want to.'"
When asked if Democrats are worried that the White House may agree to some Medicare cuts, Terkel said, "They are trying to cut one trillion dollars in spending. You don't get there just by piddling at the edges with NPR and Planned Parenthood. I think there's a lot of concern that this will happen." Terkel went on to discuss how Republicans have tied the debt ceiling to budget talks.
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