Not much media attention today on the fact that the Senate put together and pasted a spending bill that proabaly will get thru the House in not too bad shape…
This was technical stuff….
The House Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) took a little something from everwhere to give his Senate members something they could live with…
And cut most the GOP members out of the deal….
(He doesn’t have to be a nice guy like Obama has tried to be with limited success)
Forget the BullShit theartics from the last Budget Battle….
[Senate Minority Leader McConnell has some explaining to do with the Tea Party People]...AP Photo…
I did a piece a week ago about the waning influence of the Tea Party with Bachmann being asked to drop out….
A need for the Congress to give answers to the President’s hammering them at every turn and popularity figures in the low teens…
It’s coming up on crunch time…
And even House GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor was at the mike today talking about Jobs….
It’s about Damn Time!
Give’m Hell Harry!
Seven Republicans — including Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, also a member of the party leadership — stood firm, giving Democrats a 60-39 victory. But McConnell’s performance surprised many because the tea party motion went against the August budget accords McConnell helped write and threatened to pit food stamp benefits against discretionary spending for agriculture and rural areas.
McConnell’s shifting stance also could become a problem for his fellow Kentuckian, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.
Already frustrated by the slow pace of the Senate, Rogers wants a quick turnaround of the $182 billion bill and hopes to bring back a completed conference report by the week of Nov. 14. Attached to it will likely be a must-pass stop-gap spending bill to extend the current continuing resolution set to expire Nov. 18.
The whole process leaves little time for floor debate — a sore point for conservatives already upset with the August funding levels Rogers has moved toward. Add in the fact that major pieces — covering the Commerce, Justice and Transportation departments — have never been before the House, and this puts Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a pickle, given his promise that all spending bills will be subject to free and open debate.
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