People taking pleasure in your pain!
The Boehner bill can’t pass the Senate, as every Democrat there has pledged to vote against it.
I may have neglected to add one failure state.
House Republican leaders have postponed indefinitely a vote on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) debt-limit bill after they could not persuade enough Republicans to support the measure.
House conservatives who have stalled legislation to raise the national debt limit are angry that it includes $17 billion in supplemental spending for Pell Grants, which some compare to welfare.
The bill was already unacceptable to every single Democrat in Congress. I’m sure that making it harder for poor children to go to college will raise the number of Democratic votes from 0 to 0. Which means that the bill still dies as soon as it arrives in the Senate.
But policy aside, the big news story is that Speaker John Boehner can’t control his own caucus. Say what you want about Nancy Pelosi, but she could count votes. The inability of the House Republican leadership to pass the bill today is a huge embarrassment and doesn’t speak well for Boehner’s political future.
So where do we go from here? The House Rules Committee just approved a “martial law” rule, which permits same-day consideration of further Rules Committee measures. The “martial law” authority will run through 2 August, so any bill to raise the debt ceiling can be called up at short notice. The House convenes at 9 AM EDT tomorrow morning, and the Republicans will have a conference meeting at 10 AM. I’ll update when we know more.
If any of you thought the Republican pledge from the last election to hold an open and transparent legislative process was serious, I encourage you to kindly refrain from voting in the future. This is the exact “writing bills in the Speaker’s office” that Republicans campaigned against last fall.
And of course, even when this gets through the House, everything I said in my previous post holds. Four days left…