Pathetic: Senate Kills Boehner Plan, Reid Obstructs His Own Bill
As promised, the Democrat-controlled Senate has voted to table -- kill,
for all intents and purposes -- Boehner's plan, which had just cleared
the House. Thus, for the third time in four months, Senate Democrats
have said "no" to a proactive House-passed Republican solution to stave
off a debt crisis. Tonight's final tally was 59-41.
As you can tell from the vote total, a handful of Senate Republicans,
who had publicly opposed Boehner's plan -- and who were fully aware that
Democrats had the votes to sink the bill -- also voted no. The six
names I heard were DeMint, Lee, Graham, Vitter, Hatch, and Paul. Their
opposition was based on the concern that the bill does not go far enough
to address the underlying debt issue. As was the case in the House,
zero Senate Democrats voted for the Boehner plan. Party of ideas!
By Guy Benson
In a delicious twist, Harry Reid is now refusing to expedite a vote on his own bill.
Mitch McConnell has twice offered to allow an immediate vote on Reid's
bill, and Reid is refusing because he doesn't have the votes to
proceed. Reid is demanding an up-or-down vote on his bill, not a
cloture vote, which is common practice in the Senate. McConnell keeps
pointing out how ironic it is that Reid is blocking an immediate vote on
his own plan, then turning around and accusing the GOP of
filibustering. How can Republicans be "filibustering" a bill for which
they are actively seeking a vote? Reid then calls Republicans
uncompromising obstructionists, rattling off a laundry list of
bipartisan negotiations Republicans have supposedly undermined. He
curiously omits the three GOP plans his party own has defeated, as well
as the bipartisan framework he himself agreed to last weekend before President Obama nixed it.
Selective memories are a common Democratic trait. Speaking of which,
Reid is also pretending that the demand for a 60 vote threshold to
proceed is a tactic invented by Republicans. This doesn't even pass the
laugh test. Just ask Miguel Estrada.
Up next: The House will take up Reid's un-passed bill
tomorrow, and defeat it -- just to prove it cannot pass as written. The
Senate will then probably (finally) vote on the cloture motion on
Reid's bill late tomorrow night. Unless its language is altered (which
I'm told would require unanimous consent), Republicans will likely block
Then it's back to the negotiating table to craft a compromise bill that
uses the Boehner and Reid plans as starting points. Those discussions
may already be underway. As I hypothesized earlier,
the product of those discussions will likely be an improved, but still
flawed, Reid bill -- which will overcome bipartisan opposition and pass
Let's do this all again tomorrow, shall we?
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