House to vote on disapproval of debt ceiling suspension

House GOP leaders have scheduled a Tuesday vote on a resolution that disapproves of President Obama's decision to suspend the debt ceiling until February 7.

Obama's decision was made pursuant to authority that Congress gave him in last week's bill to end the government shutdown. That bill said Obama could suspend the debt ceiling, but that this decision could be checked by votes disapproving of the move in the House and Senate.

The House resolution seems likely to pass — in a 239-176 vote, Republicans passed a similar resolution in January 2012 after Obama requested an increase in the debt ceiling.

But House approval will be a symbolic gesture only, as both the House and Senate would have to disapprove of the debt ceiling suspension, and Senate Democrats will not call up a similar resolution.

Last year, several Democrats mocked the House vote as an empty protest.