By Meredith Shiner and Steven T. Dennis
Roll Call Staff
July 28, 2011, Midnight
"Uncertainty pervaded the Capitol on Wednesday, as Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) tried to wrestle every last vote out of his caucus for his debt and deficit plan and the Senate bided its time awaiting that crucial House vote today.
After an explosion of House GOP infighting at a morning Conference meeting, Boehner spent the day with his whip team trying to convince his rank-and-file Members that defection from his bill would amount to a concession to Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has his own legislation ready to go, but the fate of the Boehner bill will determine Reid's next move.If Boehner's bill passes today, Reid will have to decide whether to try to vote it down symbolically or to amend it and send it back to the House for final passage. If Boehner falls short of the 217 votes needed to pass his plan, Senate Democrats will likely start the formal process of moving on their bill and hope it passes their chamber."