The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to reject a request by President Obama to raise the debt ceiling — a largely symbolic vote, since the Senate is expected to allow the debt ceiling hike.
The House voted, 239-176, in support of a measure that voices opposition to the increase. Six Democrats voted along with Republicans to oppose the debt ceiling increase. House Republicans had only one defection — California Rep. David Dreier.
The proposal came before the House as part of the bipartisan debt deal struck in August. Under the deal, Obama was required the submit a request to Congress to raise the debt ceiling in three stages. The latest request, which was the final stage, would raise the debt ceiling by another $1.2 trillion.