Updated 5 p.m. CST Thursday: Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, just got back to us: he's voting in favor of the debt ceiling plan.
Updated 2 p.m. CST Thursday: With a vote scheduled for later this afternoon on the House GOP plan to raise the debt ceiling and implement spending cuts, a few more Texas representatives have made their intentions clearer. At least 10 of the 32 Texans in the House of Representatives say they will vote against the House GOP plan.
Kevin Brady, R-Conroe, has said he will vote for the plan. Francisco Canseco, R-San Antonio, announced he will oppose the plan, saying it "will not solve our spending driven debt crisis. The people of Texas sent me to Congress to end the out-of-control government spending."
Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, say they will vote against the GOP plan. "We need a clean debt ceiling vote for the people," Johnson said.
With the U.S. facing default early next week and House Speaker John Boehner desperately trying to wrangle his fractious GOP caucus behind his plan to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling, where do the 32 members of Texas' congressional delegation stand?
The House is expected to take up Boehner's plan Thursday, and the Tribune contacted all 32 Texas members to ask how they would vote. As of Wednesday afternoon, five of the delegation's nine Democrats were firmly against the Boehner plan, as were two Republicans. As expected, Ron Paul, R-Surfside, remained resolute: "He will not vote to increase the debt under any circumstances," his spokesman said. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is opposed, though that might change if Boehner's plan is changed to cut more.
Three Republicans, Pete Sessions of Dallas, Bill Flores of Bryan and Pete Olson of Sugar Land said they would vote for the plan. Two Republicans, Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi and John Carter of Round Rock, say they are leaning toward voting for the plan.
Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, and Joe Barton, R-Ennis, say they are leaning against the plan, though for different reasons. Reyes wants a more balanced approach that includes revenue increases. Barton's spokesman said his vote was subject to change depending on how Boehner's plan evolves before the vote.
The five Democrats opposed are Ruben Hinojosa of Edinburg, Henry Cuellar of Laredo, Lloyd Doggett of Austin, Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston and Charlie Gonzalez of San Antonio. Cuellar had this to say: "I'm voting no. There will be no amendments allowed, no committee meetings, no nothing. ... What happened to bipartisanship?" Jackson Lee called the Boehner plan's short-term debt extension "absurd." Hinojosa decried "proposed drastic cuts to vital programs that are essential for Americans such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security." Doggett is calling for a "fair budget plan" that "should be balanced with both spending cuts and new revenue from closing tax loopholes and gimmicks."
Eight Republicans said they were still undecided: Kay Granger of Fort Worth, Ralph Hall of Rockwall, John Culberson of Houston, Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock, Michael McCaul of Austin, Kenny Marchant of Irving, Mike Conaway of Midland and Michael Burgess of Lewisville. Several said they were waiting to see what changes will be made to the plan after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it didn't cut as much as Boehner pledged.
Nine members have not yet responded: Ted Poe, R-Humble; Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio; Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon; Al Green, D-Houston; Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas; Sam Johnson, R-Richardson; Kevin Brady, R-Conroe; Francisco Canseco, R-San Antonio; Gene Green, D-Houston.
Editor's note: This story was updated Thursday to reflect that Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, has not responded to a request for his voting position. An earlier version erroneously said he would vote in favor of the Boehner plan.
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