By Mike Lillis - 07/28/11 02:50 PM EDT
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."
"There [are] going to be no votes for the BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE 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 ReidHarry ReidNearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo Puerto Rico debt relief faces serious challenges in Senate McCain files B amendment to boost defense spending MORE (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.