Yesterday, in stunning display of incompetence, Speaker Boehner was unable to find enough Republican votes to pass the Senate negotiated compromise to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Rather than simply letting the House vote on the bill where it likely would have passed due to Democratic votes, Boehner pulled the bill.
Now, with one day left before the publicly noted US debt default date, the Senate is going to try again to craft a bill the House can pass and avoid default.
Moments after House Republicans failed to advance a plan to end the government shutdown and avert default, Senate leaders took matters back into their own hands.Aides to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) confirmed the two had reopened talks that were put on hold earlier to allow the House to act first.
A Senate Democratic aide told The Huffington Post on Tuesday evening that a deal between the two was “imminent.” The aide said the deal would hew closely to those earlier talks between Reid and McConnell. It would fund the government through Jan. 15, raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, and mandate both chambers appoint budget conferees to produce a broader framework for deficit reduction by Dec. 13
Sounds good but we know the Senate is not the problem. If Speaker Boehner continues to abide by the Hastert Rule of not allowing a bill on the floor that does not have a majority of Republican support it will be difficult to pass any Senate compromise bill. If Boehner breaks the Hastert Rule his speakership could be in serious trouble.
As we enter day 16 of the government shutdown with debt default only one day away the House GOP is still not offering any clarity on why they did this. Ending Obamacare was dropped soon after the shutdown started and now the framework for a bill to end the shutdown involves redirecting not increasing spending cuts.
What was the point?