No viable GOP alternative to debt-ceiling bill

BudgetDeficitHouse Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is being blasted by some conservative groups for allowing a vote on a clean debt-ceiling bill. But House Republicans couldn’t agree among themselves on an alternative. And the last time Boehner deferred to the tea party crusaders on the budget, it resulted in the government-shutdown fiasco. “When you don’t have 218 votes, you have nothing,” Boehner said. All six of Kansas’ House and Senate members opposed raising the borrowing limit through March 2015. That wasn’t too surprising, though Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, was one of the few in House GOP leadership to vote against the bill.