The symbolic nature of the House vote did not stop Republicans from touting it.

Money_Out_of_HatHouse Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s request to raise the nation’s debt limit — a move they viewed as a condemnation of excessive government spending in Washington.

But it does not matter — because the debt ceiling will get raised anyway.

The legislative exercise is a symbolic move because the resolution of disapproval, which passed the House 239-176, will ultimately have no practical impact. Under the deal to lift the debt limit, both the House and Senate get the chance to vote to block a debt ceiling increase in a multitiered process approved last August, after an acrimonious debate in Washington. It was a way to put the onus of raising the debt limit on Obama.

Earlier this week, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) dismissed the vote as a “charade, a pretense, an abdication of responsibility,” and his office was whipping Democratic lawmakers against the legislation. On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the vote “just another exercise in that juvenile behavior” from Republicans on the debt limit.

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Source: Seung Min Kim | POLITICO