Dem leaders: House GOP is on its own

House Democratic leaders said Thursday that Republicans will get no Democratic help in passing their debt-ceiling package, scheduled for a tough vote Thursday evening.

"I don't want to speak for every member of the caucus, but this bill will not win because of Democratic votes," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said following a Democratic Caucus meeting in the Capitol. "They have to come up with them themselves — which they may."

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Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) went a step further, saying Democratic opposition will be unanimous.

"There [are] going to be no votes for the Boehner approach," Larson said. "I just talked to [Rep.] Heath Shuler [(D-N.C).]; he said not a single Blue Dog is voting for it."

Shuler later confirmed his opposition to the bill, but declined to speak for the Blue Dog Caucus.

Five Democrats, including Shuler, had voted in favor of the GOP's "cut, cap and balance" bill earlier in the month, to voice their support for the balanced-budget amendment included in that package. But Larson said the politics are different this time around, and those members won't support the new Republican proposal.

"Even the five that voted for a balanced-amendment vote see this for what it is," Larson said.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) declined to predict whether the Democratic opposition to the GOP bill will be unanimous.

Democrats are pushing for an alternative bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), that would extend the debt ceiling through next year's elections.

"The Reid alternative stabilizes the economy, gives confidence to the markets [and] depoliticizes this issue," Hoyer said.

Boehner has said the Reid proposal is "full of gimmicks."

Said Pelosi: "We're in good shape."


—This story was posted at 10:35 a.m. and has been updated.