House Seeks Magic Bullet on Debt-Shutdown Proposal While Senate Waits

Boehner struggles to find votes ahead of key debt deadline.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, with House GOP leaders, speaks with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
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Polling shows American's blame Republicans more than Democrats for the shutdown woes, but neither side is well-liked. O'Connell says members are aware of the numbers and, "They're not real excited about them."

Even after the House passes a proposal - if they can - it's unlikely to be taken at face value by the Democratically-controlled Senate, which means the clock has nearly run out for a deal to be struck before the projected deadline.

Boehner, meanwhile, is at one of the most critical points of his speakership, testing the limits of how far he can push his caucus to follow him after appearing to be bullied by them at every dramatic turn of the current Congress.

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