Whenever some poor deluded republican freshman actually believes cutting the size of government is a worthy goal we know how the leadership reacts.
Very well stated. The Tea Partiers wanted to force some amendments, Boner and his ilk wouldn't agree to vote for the amendments, hence the straight up or down vote, knowing all the while they will have about 180 Dimwit votes. So this bill will pass with a coalition of dems and republican leadership (although chickensh*t Canker will have the cover to vote against it).
The real problem was the complete capitulation of the republican senators.