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Speaker Boehner's debt-ceiling bill passes House, heads to hostile Senate --House passes Tea Party-driven debt plan, 218 to 210 29 Jul 2011 Friday evening House Republicans passed Speaker John Boehner's two-step plan to raise the debt ceiling, 218-210. No Democrats voted for the measure and 22 Republicans voted against it. The bill would cut $917 billion in government spending over ten years and would require the passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution before raising the debt ceiling for a second time in February. The measure is dead on arrival in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to push through his own debt-ceiling plan. (MSNBC, Politico)