The Speaker (and his House Republican caucus) has unveiled his plan to raise the debt ceiling, which appears to be a two step process, with a trillion in authorization given now in return for about $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending reductions over ten years. The second authorization, to be given next year, would follow another legislative deficit commission (yes Republicans voted against a legislative deficit commission a short time ago) that would authorize another $1.6 trillion in increased ceiling authorization, while seeking entitlement reductions worth $1.8 trillion.
The Speaker announced that his plan was issued after bipartisan consultations, but I did not happen to catch any Democrats at his announcement. Maybe the Speaker has lined up sufficient Republican votes in the House to pass his partisan bill. But Democrats in the House ought to put that to the test. The Speaker should receive no Democratic support for his bill. In theory the Speaker should still be able to pass a bill. But if the bill was written in a partisan way then it ought to be passed that way. Does the Speaker have the votes in the Republican caucus? Democrats should make him produce that majority.