“Senate to Take Up House-Passed Funding Bill as Deadline Approaches”
The House voted early Sunday morning to pass two amendments to the continuing resolution and an additional bill that would continue to pay for military personnel in the event of a government shut down. The separate military pay bill passed 423-0.
The two amendments are a one-year delay in the implementation of the health care bill, which passed 231-192, and a full repeal of the medical device tax, which passed 248-174. The House Rules Committee met to set the rules of debate on these amendments that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed in the Republican Caucus meeting Saturday morning. In addition, the continuing resolution moves the deadline back to Dec. 15.
Senate Majority Leader Reid has said he will not accept another bill that contains the provision to delay or defund the health care law.
On Friday, the Senate voted, 54-44, along party lines to approve the continuing resolution, a bill to fund the federal government past September 30th, the end of the fiscal year, after stripping out a provision that would defund the Affordable Care Act and moving the next deadline for a budget from Dec. 15 to Nov. 15.
He can, under Senate rules, move to table one or both of the amendments, which would require a simple majority vote and send the Senate-amended version of the bill back to the House. News reports indicate that the House leadership is planning for this possibility.
Oh, the names they’ll call us. I almost can’t wait!
And my civility notebook — heretofore filled with such mild-mannered rebukes to our position (we’re “anarchists”, “arsonists,” “racists,” “nativists”, “hostage-takers,” “suicide bombers,” “Hobbits,” “wacko birds,” and “Visigoths” hell bent on denying the legitimacy of government and pillaging the language, all while waging an all out war on women and women’s naughty bits and the tubes leading to and fro) — may actually be even more excited than I am. If the black and white speckled notebook boner it’s sporting is any indication.
Will the GOP House leadership say it’s done all it can do — which is code for “goddamn Hobbit extremists won’t give us the votes to be ‘smart’ and pass a clean resolution, so that we can pretend to take this fight up again during the next government showdown over the debt ceiling” — and simply resend another amended version back to the Senate?
Or will Boehner see if he can’t caucus with the Dems and ram something through in order to avoid taking blame for a government shutdown that is the responsibility of Reid, Obama, and the Senate Democrats (no thanks at all to the timidity of the Senate GOP leadership, who cared only about posturing and political cover, betting on our stupidity and ignorance of procedure)?
My friend Benny the Nose is giving 3:1 that Boehner twists enough arms to get some kind of surrender — dressed up as strategery — done and back to the Senate in time for Happy Hour.