Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic — again

by David Hawkings, Roll Call
October 16, 2013

The dam is breaking today. The two Senate leaders finalized an agreement this morning to reopen the government until Jan. 15 and avert an imminent debt default by giving the Treasury authority to continue borrowing through Feb. 7.

The deal was to be announced just after noon on the Senate floor, and was then likely to be sped across the Capitol so that the pivotal vote — both procedurally and politically — can happen first in the House. Speaker John A. Boehner signaled that he would put the package to a vote by the end of the day, but a final decision was awaiting the results of a GOP leadership meeting.

Still, some members of that group predicted the measure would pass the House, with the bloc of combative conservatives who are opposed to almost any realistic fiscal policy patch getting overwhelmed by significant numbers of both Republicans and Democrats.

That outcome would return the deal for a final, climactic vote in the Senate, where the rules would permit Sen. Ted Cruz and other hard-line GOP conservatives only one opportunity for a filibuster. That last-ditch effort would surely prove fruitless, given that the deal had been negotiated by both Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, who would be under significant pressure to follow-up his negotiations with a successful effort to get the Cruz coalition to back down and accept defeat relatively quickly.

If Cruz & Co. don’t back down, that would push the final Senate vote past the deadline created by the Treasury, which says that after Wednesday it will have only a relatively small cash reserve of $30 billion available to pay whichever of the nation’s bills come due. The national debt now stands at its legal limit of $16.7 trillion.

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Tread7 says:

    This Nation is at war with the establishment and the Leftist… they put obama in the WH to rape and pillage America !!!!

  • paintinc56 says:

    Are THESE winning points?
    Obama gave his union thug buddies & Wall Street pals a 1 year exemption from ObaMAOcare but refuses to do the same for the ever shrinking MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS.
    Obama exempts HIMSELF, HIS FAMILY, CONGRESS & their STAFFERS from ObaMAOcare while FORCING it on YOU!
    Are you going to tell me that even the most brain dead among us wouldn’t be outraged by these FACTS?
    All the Republicans had to do was keep regurgitating THESE TWO FACTS, there is no comeback for them. Instead Boner boy & Mitch, Obama’s bi t ch, McConnell bent over & handed Harry the Vaseline!

  • Buzz75 says:

    Cruz and Lee better be very strong because the Republicrat Statist’s McCain and Graham smell blood, and would like nothing more than to destroy the future of the party. McCain has always enjoyed attacking Republicans more than attacking the Dems. And afterwards Schumer, Reid and Durbin will pat lil John and lil Lindsey on the heads, and say, “Job well done.”

  • pissedoffamerican says:

    Sorry a$$ed ba$tard$….I will never again vote for or support these liberal weak kneed RINO puke$. They had the support of Americans and they folded like cheap suits. Disgusting commentary from Jon Boner….”we fought the good fight” Well, if that’s your idea of a good fight, pack your $hit and go home.

  • Wyatt says:

    John , No Backbone Boehner strikes again . When they rid themselves of this Jellyfish

  • mudguy1 says:

    We have a so called Republican Party that are in full retreat.They are playing not to lose instead of playing to win.There many like me that have given up on the GOP.

  • Paladin says:

    Snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, again, by just 12 hrs. There are no Republicans anymore, just Repubicrats.

  • Ripper10 says:

    Crazy mother truckers.

    1. Mary Trammell says:

      LOL… Love it.

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