Well, if that continues to be part of the bill, then it certainly will not pass the Senate. Reid would not be willing to lose his benefits just to help the country.
The republicans should say “This is all we’re going to cave. Congress and staff and white house staff will not get subsidies. If Reid, Pelosi and Obama want to default over this, then so be it. It will prove to the people they want default.”
Apparently these congress people are figureheads only. The genious staffs are the powers behind the thrones. And they do believe it to be thrones.