WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is picking up more support from House Republicans from his deficit-reduction plan that should come to a vote later today, but he says he's not there yet.
One Republican who has dropped his opposition, Steve Chabot of Ohio, says it's "the best deal we can get." And more than a dozen Republican freshmen lawmakers have told reporters that most of their first-term GOP colleagues are also on board.
Key to their decision, they said, was a commitment to hold a vote on a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. And they bristled at the notion by tea party activists that the bill, and their support for it, is a compromise that amounts to failure.