It’s what we might call an “impasse.” The House keeps attaching a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act, plus a lot of other random stuff, to the continuing resolution to keep the government funded a couple more months. The Senate keeps saying no deal; they aren’t agreeing to the delay. The President says he will veto a cr that contains a delay. I don’t think anyone is going to blink.
I get the impression that the House baggers sincerely believe the Senate will cave and are genuinely baffled why they haven’t already.
With less than two days until the government runs out of money, the clock is ticking and no one is negotiating. House Republicans voted Saturday on a new set of amendments it would like to tie to continued funding of the government, and Senate Democrats promptly said, â€œNuts to you!â€ They’re going to vote to table the amendments on Monday, which will kick the issue back to the House.
Depending on when the bill returns, Republicans may try one more gambit to chip away at Obamacare, but time is growing shortâ€”the deadline is Monday at midnight. That means the decision whether to keep the government open will fall squarely on House Speaker John Boehner. He has two options: He can allow a vote on the Senate bill that passed (with Democratic votes) on Friday to fund the government until Nov. 15 or permit the shutdown to go forward, as a way to pressure the White House and satisfy his most conservative members.
C’mon, Boehner, for once in your sorry-ass life, be a mensch. Fall on your bleeping sword and put the Senate bill up for a vote.
Boehner and other House Republicans are pissed that the Senate didn’t meet today.
Speaker of the House John Boehner accused Harry Reid and other Senate Democrats of â€œbreathtaking arroganceâ€ for intentionally not convening a Sunday session to deal with compromise legislation to stop a government shutdown.
â€œThe House worked late into the night Saturday to prevent a government shutdown, and the Senate now must move quickly, today, to do the same,â€ Boehner said Sunday.
Which of course is crap, because the Senate has made its final offer. The House can either take it or leave it. It’s that simple. Whether the Senate met today or not doesn’t change anything.