House Republican leadership met heavy resistance from GOP members after presenting a plan on Monday that would extend the debt limit for one year in exchange for restoring recently cut military benefits, sources told NBC News.
The plan would extend the Treasury’s borrowing authority, which is set to expire at the end of the month, through March 2015 and also repeal planned cuts in some military pensions.
To pay for that, House GOP leaders suggested extending a Medicare cut that is already part of the budget sequester for another year.
A majority of Republicans who spoke during the meeting dismissed the measure, according to sources in attendance. One estimated to NBC News that only 40 to 50 members of the House GOP would support it and it would need a lot of Democratic help to pass.
Another Republican said they are going to have to lobby hard for support and see if members of the House GOP realize that not passing their own bill means the House will have to take what the Senate says.
House leadership set the wheels in motion for a Wednesday vote.
Many conservative members were angry about the deal, saying it was a total surrender to Democrats and would increase the debt.
Sources say Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., stood before the conference and screamed, "What kind of team is this?" He urged his colleagues to rally and support the proposed deal and he received some applause.
First published February 10 2014, 5:13 PM
Luke Russert joined NBC News in August 2008 as a correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Russert currently reports from Capitol Hill on the House of Representatives for â€œNightly News with Brian Williams,â€ â€œTODAY,â€ MSNBC and NBCNews.com.
Since late 2011 Russert has served as a guest host on various MSNBC programs including: â€œWay Too Earlyâ€ â€œThe Daily Rundown with Chuck Toddâ€ â€œAndrea Mitchell Reportsâ€ â€œNOW with Alex Wagnerâ€ and â€œThe Cycle.â€
From March 2006-2010, Russert co-hosted the sports radio talk show "60/20 Sports" with political pundit James Carville on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. On "60/20 Sports" he interviewed the likes of former President Clinton, former President George Bush, Bill Russell, Cal Ripken Jr. and Lance Armstrong.
In May of 2009, Russert was honored with the Marlin Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication from Franklin Pierce University, an award meant to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to public discourse in the spirit of a healthy democracy. Heâ€™s also received an honorary degree from Wingate University in North Carolina.
Russert graduated from Boston College with a double major in history and communications. He is the son of the late Tim Russert and Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth. Russert lives in Washington, D.C., with his pug Chamberlain.