Hoyer tells House Dems to vote against tonight's "clean" debt limit increase 

House minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second ranking Democrat in the chamber, is urging Democrats to vote against a stand alone, or "clean" vote in the House to raise the debt limit without any strings attatched.

The Hill reports:

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the second-ranking House Democrat, said Tuesday that members should not “subject themselves to a political 30-second ad attack” by voting to raise the debt ceiling when all Republicans are expected to vote no.

“My advice to them would be not to play this political charade,” Hoyer said at his weekly press briefing.

Hoyer has previously said he would vote for a "clean" increase in the debt limit and 114 Democrats last month signed on to a letter calling for such a vote. So Republicans decided to call their bluff, but now Democrats are reluctant to stick their necks out. This is part of a growing trend.

Remember, last week, zero Senate Democrats voted for Obama's budget.

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