On Wednesday, Majority Leader Roy Blunt (R-MO) was “convinced” that the budget would get to the House floor today and pass:
Eventually we’re going to take something to the floor that is a test of the members more than we intended to test the members, because that’s just going to happen. I’m convinced that we’re going to be fine when we take this to the floor on Thursday.
Things change quickly:
House Republican leaders scuttled a vote Thursday on a $51 billion budget-cut package in the face of a revolt by lawmakers over scaling back Medicaid, food stamp and student loan programs. The development was a major setback for the GOP on Capitol Hill and for President Bush, who has made cuts to benefit programs a central pillar in his budget plan.