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Posted on 10/14/2013 10:13:14 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The terms: Government re-opens and is funded until mid-December, debt ceiling is raised for another six to nine months, and Democrats maybe agree to repeal ObamaCares medical-device tax and reinstate anti-fraud measures for O-Care applicants depending upon what Republicans give them in return.
Peace in our time?
The proposal would set up a framework for larger budget negotiations with the House over the automatic sequestration spending cuts and and other major deficit issues, the sources said
McConnell is still reviewing the offer and is privately huddling with groups of GOP senators Monday who could be key to providing enough votes in the Senate. On Monday morning, McConnell met with Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Mark Kirk of Illinois
While the proposal has similarities to one offered by [GOP Sen. Susan] Collins, it has some very key differences over the length of the stop-gap spending measure and the debt ceiling hike. Collins proposed extending government spending for six months, which Democrats objected to because they argued it would lock in the $967 billion sequestration levels for 2014 required under the 2011 Budget Control Act. She also suggested extending the debt ceiling through the end of January, far too short of a time period for many Democrats
On another track, House Republican leadership is readying itself to lift the debt ceiling for six weeks. House GOP aides stress that no decisions have been made, but this legislation is unlikely to be clean meaning it will contain a number of conservative policies attached.
Reid is willing to accept lower sequestration levels of spending in the short term, in order to end the shutdown, but not for all of next year. And obviously, to avoid another round of fiscal brinksmanship, he wants the debt ceiling punted as far as possible into the future so that Boehner and the GOP arent once again tempted to combine funding the government with raising the debt ceiling. That means a short-term bill to fund the government, so that Democrats can start pounding the table to end sequestration ASAP, and a long-term bill for raising the debt limit. Collins and the GOP naturally want the opposite a long-term bill on funding the government which guarantees sequestration spending levels into next year and a short-term debt ceiling hike so that Republicans can, if they wish, use that as leverage sooner rather than later for some new demand. Normally this would be easily solved splitting the difference on both time frames e.g., four months for each prong except, in that case, the next government funding negotiations would fall roughly around the time were hitting the debt ceiling again, which is exactly what Democrats fear. Someones going to have to win here on the timetable.
Big question: If Reid wins, as seems likely, how does Boehner get this past the House? Ive always thought hed be willing to do one big cave in the name of finally getting this off his plate, but a short(ish)-term deal doesnt do that. Itll disappoint conservatives and then set him up to disappoint them again in December or April or whenever the next round of kabuki brinksmanship begins. In fact, he may not even have a majority of his own caucus to pass Reids bill, in which case hed have to break the Hastert Rule just to buy himself and the leadership a reprieve of a few months before they begin this again. Whether they want to or not, theyre going to have to no choice but to aggressively pursue some sort of major fiscal deal with O and Reid when this is over just so that, if they can come to terms on anything, they can add on a significant debt-limit hike as a condition that would punt this past next November. The last thing they want is tea partiers clamoring for some debt-ceiling chicken next spring or summer, with turnout in the midterms potentially hanging in the balance. So maybe thats the way out here a cave of three months or so in the next few days and then the rest of autumn spent negotiating deficit reduction with Obama.
Exit question: Is there enough time left to pass a deal before we hit the ceiling on Thursday? The Senate can move quickly to approve a deal only if all 100 members consent unanimously to waiving the rules for 30 hours of debate. And you know what that means.
Update: Obamas meeting with Reid, McConnell, Boehner, and Pelosi at the White House at 3 p.m ET. Also attending: Dealmaker Joe Biden, whos been sidelined until now because Reid wanted to play chicken with Republicans.
Update: Lefty Jonathan Chait wonders if the claim that Democrats are demanding an end to sequestration spending was actually invented by centrist Republicans to convince the House that theyre winning if they accept a short-term deal that keeps sequestration spending in place for two or three months. Reid, as noted, isnt actually opposed to keeping lower levels of spending in place for a few months (but only a few months). If thats whats happening, though, it carries a big risk what if actually unifies Republicans in opposition?
SATAN OFFERS McCONNELL CONTRACT TO BE SIGNED IN BLOOD
McConnell is not concerned because it’s not his blood.
Why wouldn’t they? They have an endless supply of our money.
Sequester is the LAW of the LAND !!! Passed by the House, Passed by the Senate, Signed by the President. Don’t they understand Democracy ?!?!?!?!?
Both sides want that medical device tax thing gone, nobody in the tea party is wanting that.
It’s obvious what the RATS are trying to pull..McConnell is done is he falls for this crap.
” then the rest of autumn spent negotiating deficit reduction with Obama.”
expect he won’t negotiate.
Kill Obamacare and hold your ground, GOP. If you fold, you own it and this country falls.
Dem idea of negotiation: GIVE US EVERYTHING, and we’ll PROMISE to talk about give you a crumb, Charlie Brown...
Well, in all honesty, so is the Affordable Care Act!
NO Deal. You hear that Boehner!
“And I never wanted anything from you
Except everything you had and what was left after that too”
Dear GOP “Leadership”: lovely view of the bus exhaust and suspension systems you’ve provided us....
Boehner wants to keep his job, so Reid’s proposal is going nowhere.
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