House cancels plan for debt vote

House Republicans canceled their plans Tuesday night to vote on a new plan to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling after it became clear they didn’t have the votes for passage.

“We are going to be prepared tomorrow to make some decisions,” Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) told reporters after GOP leaders huddled in Speaker John Boehner’s office.

“There will be no action. No votes. The rules committee will not meet,” he added.

Sessions said leadership would “take the night and make sure all of our members know what’s going on.”

“We’re trying to make sure what we’re doing people know about and can prepare and study for,” he added.

Asked if it was a concern that Thursday’s deadline was approaching with no congressional action, he replied: “Of course it is.”

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