Rep. Walter Jones (R., N.C.), who voted against “Cut, Cap and Balance,” not to mention the Ryan budget (because it didn’t go far enough), was seen by many as a definite ‘no’ on the Boehner plan. But Jones told reporters Thursday morning that he planned to vote yes, in part because it would boost the speaker’s leverage in negotiations. “We cannot come to an agreement unless our leader is sitting at the table with cards in his hands,” Jones said.
“People are beginning to understand the seriousness of where we are,” he continued. “This is not a game. The politics are over. This is about the future of America, and I think that’s beginning to take hold.”