Rep. Frank says GOP bill the result of a 'weakened' House Speaker

"We have seen him all week forced to retreat, continually, from an effort to be conservative but somewhat responsible, to a position where today we have a bill that no one thinks will solve the problem, because it makes as a prerequisite to raising the debt a constitutional amendment that no one thinks will pass," Frank said.

Frank also said that by forcing the addition of a balanced budget amendment vote, Tea Party Republicans also forced Boehner to break several procedural promises in order to rush today's vote.

"There is no procedural promise that the Republicans made that they have left unbroken," Frank said. "So we have a flawed bill, brought to us by a weakened speaker, under an unfortunate and undemocratic process."

Frank also suggested in his brief floor remarks that Boehner's theme song should be "It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To," because members of his own party forced him to retreat on his original bill.

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