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Shutdown Over: House and Senate Easily Pass Reid-McConnell Deal

UPDATE: House passes compromise 285-144 with the backing of 87 Republicans.

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Bill Straub

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October 16, 2013 - 5:29 pm
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Cruz said he had a single standard for supporting a deal – “Does it provide meaningful relief for the millions of Americans who are being harmed by Obamacare?’’

“The answer is no,’’ he said, adding that Congress has “decided to ignore their pain and suffering.’’

Rubio, another lawmaker with ties to the conservative Tea Party movement, likewise said he would oppose the compromise because it fails to get federal spending under control.

“I cannot support this deal because it postpones any significant action on pro-growth and spending reforms and does nothing to provide working class Americans even one shred of relief from ObamaCare’s harmful effects,’’ he said. “Until we tackle the real threats to the American Dream, we are going to continue finding ourselves in these kinds of messes.  America is better than this, and the American people deserve better.”

Feelings were particularly raw on the House side where Republicans spearheaded the effort to draw concessions from President Obama and Senate Democrats.

Obama drew a line early in the debate, insisting that he would not negotiate terms while the government was closed and would not engage in talks in any instance over the debt ceiling, arguing that the full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury was at stake if the nation crossed over the debt ceiling and couldn’t keep its commitment.

The lower chamber, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), ignored White House warnings and moved ahead in demanding concessions, first insisting that Obamacare be defunded, then shifting ground to delay its implementation for a year. When those requests went unmet, and the federal government was forced to close its doors and the debt ceiling deadline loomed, the GOP leadership navigated yet another course, this one seeking additional spending cuts.

But Obama and Reid remained unmoved, backed by polling that showed the public, by a significant margin, blaming Republicans for the ongoing imbroglio. Finally, with the government bumping up against the debt ceiling, McConnell and Reid stepped in to negotiate a solution. Even that was delayed when the House, at Boehner’s insistence, attempted to take one more stab at an agreement – which failed once again.

Throughout the debate, Boehner sought a resolution that could pass with the support of House Republicans, a divided group with Tea Party lawmakers holding greater sway than their numbers would indicate, and Senate Democrats. That effort failed.

Boehner met with the House Republican caucus Wednesday afternoon and made it clear he would permit the Senate compromise to come to the floor for a vote – something he avoided doing with previous upper chamber efforts to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. He further urged lawmakers to support the compromise.

“The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country’s debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare,’’ Boehner said. “That fight will continue.  But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.  In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts.’’

Boehner said the effort to “stop the train wreck that is the president’s healthcare law’’ will continue.

“We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law’s massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people,’’ Boehner said.

Reid noted that the legislation instructs House and Senate leaders to appoint conferees to a budget conference committee, an initiative that thus far has eluded the grasp of the 113th Congress. It was agreed to, Reid said, “in order to assure Congress continues the work of setting this country on a path to fiscal sustainability.’’

The conference, Reid said, “is the appropriate place to discuss our differing views of the best way to chart a course for economic growth.”

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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"Posterity. You will never know how much it cost the present
generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If
you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to
preserve it.” – John Adams


Sorry Mr. Adams. We had a chance and our spineless "representatives" let us down. The one thing that we should have valued enough to keep in our own hands, our health, is now in the hands of government.
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That settles it. I'm officially an independent. No more support to the GOP, financially or otherwise.

In my will, I'm going to ask for 8 Congressional Republican pall bearers at my funeral. So the GOP can let me down one last time.
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Flush Washington. No politician, Republican or Democrat, remains in office over two terms without being corrupted. Not one. That's just the way it works. Or doesn't work, as it were. Short of term limits (which those thieves in Washington will never let happen), there is only one way to slow, if not halt the corruption. Flush Washington. How do we do that? Reach deep inside of whatever well of principle you have and find the courage to vote AGAINST every incumbent. Even "your" guy or gal. If they've been in office two terms or longer, vote against them. If enough citizens take this simple action we can throw a major hole into the web of corruption that pervades in Washington. Flush Washington. Find the courage. Flush Washington. Repeat it often, repeat it everywhere. Flush Washington.
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I have not figured out what the bribe was in all cases, but there is no question of the crooked deal between Reid and McConnell. I am sure that McConnell thinks that $4 Billion will buy him a lot of votes!
1 year ago
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In in the immortal words of Mortimer Duke

"TURN THOSE MACINES BACK ON"

1 year ago
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Holy Hyper-Inflation, Batman!! McConnell gets $2.9 BILLION to sell his soul to the devil while Judas only got 30 pieces of silver....evidently Judas was not an experienced enough crook, er Senator, with years of experience in extorting, er compromising, with the enemy, er the devil....may you be humiliated and scorned the rest of your days, traitor; hopefully, the good people of Kentucky will finally get rid of your sorry a$.

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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The Tea Party folks were played because they embarrassed the GOP and now Mitch McConnell put in language that made it virtually impossible for the Ted Cruz's of the world to stop the debt ceiling from being raised. Congress has to vote to stop the debt ceiling from being raised and the POTUS can veto it and Congress then has to get 2/3 to override the veto. Now the country can be spared this idiocy of not paying our bills and causing economic calamity. Thank You Mitch!
1 year ago
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You realize you'll be alive and squealing when the wheels come off the wagon? The course we're on is unsustainable and here you are blithely thanking the traitor who sealed your fate.
1 year ago
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This is nothing more than out and out treason by every traitor that voted for it it would have been one thing, exacerbation, to delay the inevitable for three months, just a cowardly move, but to give away the power to control the debt ceiling is treason!!
1 year ago
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Perhaps the GOP will have developed a better strategy by Feb 7th. I know the TeaParty caucus will have one. They're wicked smart and learn fast.
1 year ago
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No you can look for more betrayal! I do not think that you and most readers yet comprehend what was done here! They gave away the Congressional duty and responsibility to maintain the debt ceiling to a tyrant regime that has already created more debt than the first 40 presidents, a staggering $16.9 trillion!
1 year ago
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No, the GOP will not have gotten smarter by then. They will muddle through every crisis and let the Demorats control the narrative because they have no one who thinks strategically.
1 year ago
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Their is no soul left in the RINO GOP! Their is absolutely nothing between we the people and total tyranny! Unless we have the collective guts to wage a revolution!
1 year ago
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Next from Ripley's: .
Nancy Pelosi Has A Period
Harry Reid Dimples Prettily in New Frock

...and Boehner declares: "We fought the good fight, we just didn’t win.”

Phew, that was gripping, girls!
The status quo is preserved. Again. Sort of. Except it isn't.

Start here:
House roll-call: http://tinyurl.com/lxmxu3o (sortable list; click the column heads).
Senate: R senators who voted No (careful!): http://tinyurl.com/ndhtwe4

Any adult with a pulse knew this was coming.
Had enough yet?
1 year ago
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I find it odd that no one is reporting what the new debt limit is. Only that it will be reached around Feb 7.

I also noticed that the furloughed federal workers will be getting full back pay with no mention of repayment of the unemployment they've received.

Just wondering here, did Kentucky and/or Ohio get any additional pork out of this deal?
1 year ago
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Nor are they reporting that the fraud president is now fully in charge of the debt ceiling, in other words their is no more debt ceiling!
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What is the percentage of furloughed non-essential federal workers will report the extra income?

Physical and psychological ompensation for the extra inconvenience they endured during the two week vay-cay.
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Personally I am praying for a direct strike on Washington DC from about a 100 yard wide meteor! The Navajo tribe performed "rain dances", why not a "Meteor dance".
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From the depths of my realistic pessimism I find the morning after frustrations way too pessimistic. More good came of this than one might think.

First and foremost - though it doesn't look like it - Republican cohesion held from Tea Party office holders and most of the rank and file Republicans in the House.

In the Senate all Tea Party candidates voted no, and in the House while 87 Republicans voted for it, at least (maybe just a small blessing) 144 Republicans voted no.

This last means that many more Republicans who were not Tea Party Candidates voted no.

Whether we like it or not the inevitable conclusion is that we need more electoral cycle victories like the revolution shown us all in the 2010 elections.

This means we all have to understand that this is a non negotiable goal - a requirement - as the recent events show.

The first thing to do besides keeping the pressure on, is to understand not only who in the media are our enemies, but how it is they who compromise everything.

During the past few weeks must ink has been thrown at Cruz. This was designed to serve two purposes. The first was to try to split Republicans, but more important it was to isolate Cruz by depicting him as a loner.

In reality when we read the no votes in the Senate we see him as one very important member of a very important group. And the power is in the group.

I know this might sound strange because what I am saying is the media's long game in their attacks are to isolate us form one another by who they pay attention to.

We oughtn't to care. There is one clear road and that is a repeat of the 60 House and Senate Victories we had in 2010 in the next several election cycles. When we have 200 more in the House and Senate our legislative plans for fiscal responsibility will win.
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Fiscal responsibility is not exactly a goal, but is rather a way of life, friend.

Our goal should be the repeal of ObamaCare and its replacement with some of the excellent common-sense proposals that were floated... and roundly ignored...during the ObamaCare debate all through the hot summer of 2009.

When the Feds have the keys to an entitlement program that literally means life or death, there won't be any leverage to make Washington live within its means...heck, they're so giddy with power now that they have trampled all over the Constitution with not only the Individual Mandate, but the postponements and exemptions from their precious "settled law".

I have been struck at how Conservatives have been totally tone-deaf when it comes to employing one of the Left's greatest, ( and arguably most effective), weapons...the courts.

Look at how the Left responds to legislation it doesn't like. One of its first reactions is to run docket-shopping and to secure a Federal injunction...and they do this ceaselessly.

Conservatives have to learn how to sue...and sue well and repeatedly.
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Yes, "realistic pessimism" is the only attitude to have when dealing with politics and politicians. It's an imperfect world and accepting that is the practical way to proceed with a little bit of optimism. The only way to make any sort of difference at all is to keep The House and get The Senate in '14 and for that we need UNITY.
1 year ago
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Very thoughtful post. I don't know why more people are not as focused on the fact that the party that has the most members has the most sway. I would like to ask all these folks who are throwing the Republican Party as a whole under the bus if they would expect the party to get its way in the wake of winning elections. I think a little common sense is sorely needed.........
1 year ago
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Yay (:

Republicans roll over as predicted. Should I feel bad that I was right?
1 year ago
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What do you expect with a Senate dominated by Democrats & a WH held by a far-leftist ideologue? The following is a POV you should consider: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/14/why-the-shutdown-is-a-republican-victory.html
1 year ago
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Rolled over? Reid and Obama wanted a clean 6 month CR. They got a 12 week CR with conditions. Did the GOP get an Obamacare defund? No. Did anyone really think the GOP was going to get their opening bid? That's not how negotiations work.

Maybe the GOP could have gotten more out of the deal. Maybe they'll be gun-shy in the next round of negotiations. But one thing is certain, while Obamacare is rampaging through the economy like Godzilla through Tokyo people are going to remember that the GOP was willing to shut down the government in order to stop it.
1 year ago
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Nonsense. You can jump up and down all you want.

Roll me over, in the clover
Roll me over, lay me down
And do it again...


The 'one thing that is certain', as you put it, is that failure is an orphan. Also, sheep bleat and sh*t smells.
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