September 23, 2011
Who are the obstructionists now?
The House passed a stopgap spending measure last night and passed it on to the senate where Majority Leader Harry Reid says Democrats will block it: The House early Friday narrowly approved a stopgap spending measure to keep the federal government running through Nov. 18, as Republican leaders secured the votes of conservatives who had rejected a similar bill a day earlier. The 219-203 vote sets up a confrontation with the Senate, where Democratic leaders have vowed to block the measure in a dispute over federal disaster aid.For Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the vote was little more than a mulligan. After 48 Republicans opposed his bill on Wednesday, he faced a choice: Scrap a spending cut to win over Democrats who had pulled their support for the bill, or persuade dissenting conservatives that the original bill was the best deal they could get. Boehner chose his right flank, adding a sweetener in the form of a $100 million rescission to the loan guarantee program that funded the...(Read Full Post)