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October 16, 2013
Whither the House on the Senate budget and debt bill?
Senators Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid are putting the finishing touches this morning on a bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. What's the House going to do? Your guess is as good as anyone who claims to know what they're talking about. The fact is, there's a sizable number of Republicans in the House who won't vote for the Senate bill unless it includes some concessions on Obamacare. Can Boehner get a majority of Republicans to back the Senate bill as it is currently written? Almost certainly not. It's why the speaker failed to bring two other measures to the floor yesterday. Hard line conservatives appear willing to blow through tomorrow's default deadline in order to wring Obamacare changes from Senate Democrats and the president. This puts Speaker Boehner in an impossible position, as this Wall Street Journal article explains: Failure of the House bill cleared the path for Senate leaders to finalize their compromise. It is unclear whether Congress...(Read Full Post)