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  • Reid Aims For GOP Support By Adopting McConnell Debt Limit Plan Fallback Plan (The die is cast)

    Shortly before the Senate adjourned late Friday without an agreed-upon framework to raise the debt limit, a source passed to TPM a copy of what may be the way out. It's a copy of what may be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's final offer to Republicans in the debt limit standoff. The gist: Reid hopes to entice Republicans to support his plan in two ways. First, with slightly deeper cuts. Second, by adopting an idea, first proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, that would delegate the authority to raise the debt limit to President Obama -- and give Congress...
  • Democrats Call Conservatives Hostage Takers, Villains, Terrorists -(remember O's civility speech?)

    07/29/2011 3:39:27 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 7 replies ^ | 7/29/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So this Politico piece. Maybe it's an opinion piece. I said it was a news story, because it's bylined. But it may well be a column. The headline is "The Tea Party's Terrorist Tactics." Before I get to this, let me show you what a coordinated thing this is. We have a media montage of Democrats (no media in here) talking about the Tea Party. Listen. STENY HOYER: (rotunda noise) The Republicans are holding hostage the credit of the United States of America. DEBBIE "BLABBERMOUTH" SCHULTZ: ...our Republican colleagues to hold our economy hostage. DINGY HARRY: The...
  • Senator McCongame has screwed us all in the budget battle. (vanity)

    07/29/2011 10:59:26 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 6 replies
    Respect my vanitah! ^ | 7.29.11 | Free Vulcan
    Let's not lose sight of anything here, the #1 prize for the Democrats is to get the debt ceiling where it doesn't have to be dealt with till after the 2012 election. That is what they want and what they're angling for. Enter Senator Mitch McCongame. As many have stated, his plan to give President Fool Sucka debt ceiling increase authority has sold us down the river. Why? Because Reid can use that and the weak tea Boner bill to come up with a compromise that basically cuts little to nothing and pushes the ceiling fight till after the election....
  • What the final deal is likely to look like (Hybrid of Boehner/Reid/ McConnell plans)

    07/28/2011 7:50:18 PM PDT · by Qbert · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/28/2011 | Ezra Klein
    [Snip] The smart money in Washington continues to be on some hybrid of the Boehner/Reid/McConnell plans. If I had to place a bet now, I’d say the final deal looks something like this: Cuts: $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending cuts, with somewhat more of the total falling on defense spending than in Boehner’s bill and somewhat less of the total falling on defense spending than in Reid’s bill. Committee: The bipartisan “Supercommittee” will be formed and charged with developing a plan that cuts the deficit by $1.8 trillion or more. Unlike in Boehner’s plan, future debt-ceiling increases will not require...
  • Report: Obama Rejects Bipartisan Debt Deal

    07/25/2011 2:27:28 PM PDT · by Justaham · 26 replies ^ | 7-25-11 | Guy Benson |
    The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin reports that President Obama nixed a bipartisan debt agreement that was forged by leaders of the House and Senate over the weekend. If Jen's sources are correct, this would be a genuine political jaw-dropper: A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President...
  • Congress ditches Obama on debt talks

    07/24/2011 1:44:25 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/24/11 | Manu Raju
    First came the Biden talks. When those blew up, the Obama-Boehner talks took center stage. And when that failed, the McConnell-Reid talks looked promising. And after they faltered, the Obama-Boehner talks tried to find a new life. Now it’s all come down to the Boehner-Reid-Pelosi-McConnell talks to solve the debt crisis. Notably absent? The president. That’s not to say Saturday’s congressional takeover went well. In a frantic bid to avoid causing a worldwide economic disruption, debt negotiations have shifted wholly to Capitol Hill, as a frustrated President Barack Obama has taken a step back and allowed House and Senate leaders...
  • It’s “[snip]” (Boehner's getting nervous, about to cave)

    07/23/2011 8:53:30 PM PDT · by teg_76 · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Redstate ^ | 7/23/2011 | Erick Erickson
    A House Republican who is in leadership called me tonight. He said what we are hearing about — the two tier plan — is “sh*t” and he’s blaming Boehner. He agrees that Boehner is getting nervous and wants a deal. But this two tier plan seems to be the Republicans’ initial offer. Harry Reid is headed that way. Many Democrats want more. So keep in mind for purposes of negotiations, House Republican leadership members are already referring to the starting point as “sh*t” and it will only get worse from here.
  • Lights Out For McConnell-Reid?

    07/23/2011 8:47:48 AM PDT · by Stalwart · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 20,2011 | Andrew Stiles
    Walsh suggests that the success of his effort could have prompted the Gang of Six to unveil their proposal when they did as “a last-ditch effort to delay,” once it became clear that McConnell-Reid could not possibly pass the House. Beyond that, he says of the Gang’s plan, “I don’t think there’s anything there.”
  • Rasmussen: By 2 to 1, voters fear deal will raise taxes too much, cut spending too little

    07/23/2011 9:04:33 AM PDT · by patriot453 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 22, 2011
    Most Voters Fear Debt Deal Will Raise Taxes Too Much, Cut Spending Too Little Friday, July 22, 2011 While Washington wrangles over how to avoid defaulting on the government’s massive debt load, voters are worried the final deal will raise taxes too much but won't cut spending enough. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters are worried more that Congress and President Obama will raise taxes too much rather than too little in any deal to end the debt ceiling debate. Just 26% fear they’ll raise taxes too little. Twelve percent (12%) aren’t...
  • Tea Party group slams Boehner, McConnell

    07/22/2011 6:26:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-07-19 | Alicia M. Cohn
    A large umbrella group for Tea Party activists targeted Republican leaders Tuesday for what they called caving in on the deficit talks. The Tea Party Nation put House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on notice "for betraying the movement that put Republicans in charge of the lower chamber last year." In a press release, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips drew a hard line for the Tea Party position. Phillips warned that his organization is on the lookout for Republicans voting to give away "more borrowing authority to President Obama" without also ensuring spending...
  • The Reaction to Boehner Ending Talks With White House (Cantor, McConnell, Reid, Pelosi, Hoyer)

    07/22/2011 5:12:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Congressional leadership reacted on Friday after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio., ended debt limit talks with the White House.House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.:"Tonight, months after we had begun negotiations with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the Administration, Speaker Boehner and I are ending discussions with the White House and beginning conversations with Senate leaders in the hopes of finding a solution to the debt limit debate in order to avoid default. Throughout the months of discussions, we have worked to identify real spending cuts, binding budget reforms, structural changes to save our entitlement programs, and significant debt reduction....
  • McConnell Plan: Bidding For Survival, Not Victory

    07/20/2011 5:43:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 20, 2011 | Michael Medved
    Senator Mitch McConnell’s original suggestion for solving the nation’s debt ceiling dilemma outraged many of his fellow conservatives and would, if enacted in its initial form, have probably produced deep disgust in the public at large. After the angry immediate response from the GOP base, the Senate minority leader began re-tooling the scheme to make it far more viable and substantive, with the important addition of at least $1.4 trillion in budget cuts (over the next ten years) and a potentially promising mechanism for getting clear-cut, up-or-down votes for even more significant savings in the future. Most small government advocates...
  • Moody's: McConnell Backup Debt Plan Won’t Save Rating

    07/20/2011 11:41:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    A backup plan to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and avoid default could still lead to a negative outlook on the country's ratings, Moody's said, highlighting the plan's failure to substantially reduce the deficit. The back-up plan offered by Senator Mitch McConnell would avoid any immediate downgrade of the coveted U.S. triple-A rating, Moody's analyst Steven Hess told Reuters in an interview, bringing relief to investors who fear an imminent downgrade of the coveted U.S. triple-A rating. "But the numbers that are being discussed in terms of any possible deficit reduction coming out of this plan don't seem to be...
  • Senate GOP showing flexibility in debt fight (We don't need no steenking 'flexibility')

    07/20/2011 10:06:36 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 20, 2011 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are showing far more flexibility than their tea party-backed House colleagues as Washington policymakers seek to steer the government away from a first-ever default on its financial obligations. As the House doubled down on a symbolic vote to condition any increase in the government's borrowing authority on congressional passage of a balanced budget constitutional amendment and a fresh wave of spending cuts, the warm reception by many Senate Republicans to a new bipartisan budget plan revealed a thawing in GOP attitudes on new tax revenues.
  • House Dem opposition rises against McConnell fallback plan

    07/20/2011 9:58:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/20/11 | Mike Lillis
    House Dem opposition rises against McConnell fallback planBy Mike Lillis - 07/20/11 11:29 AM ET House Democratic leaders are attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) debt-ceiling fallback plan, characterizing it as a political ruse intended to scapegoat Democrats and taint them at the polls. “I’m not a fan of the McConnell proposal,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the senior Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Tuesday during a press briefing in the Capitol. “It’s designed to protect mostly Republican members of Congress from taking responsibility for votes that they’ve already made.” Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and...
  • President Obama praises 'Gang of Six' debt ceiling plan (RINOs add $1 trillion in tax increases)

    07/19/2011 1:45:00 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 70 replies
    politico ^ | 7/19/2011 | By JENNIFER EPSTEIN & CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that a proposal offered by Republican and Democratic senators is “a very significant step” that represents “the potential for bipartisan consensus” on resolving the impasse over cutting the deficit and raising the debt ceiling. In an appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama urged congressional leaders to embrace the “Gang of Six” proposal, which would slash the deficit by $3.7 trillion over 10 years, in part by raising about $1 trillion in new revenue. We have a Democratic president and administration that is prepared to sign a tough package that includes both spending cuts,...
  • DeMint on the Debt Ceiling (bashes Mcconnell)

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), a leading conservative on Capitol Hill, tells National Review Online that Senate GOP brass have bungled the debt-limit negotiations. Republican senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, is part of the problem, DeMint says. Instead of enabling conservatives to propose their solutions early on, McConnell made them wait until the Biden debt-reduction talks collapsed, leaving little time to rally behind counterproposals. DeMint wishes that McConnell had encouraged conservatives to engage the public months ago. As Republicans sat on their hands, the chances for the best possible outcome decreased, DeMint feels. “McConnell was convinced that...
  • Conservative groups threaten GOP lawmakers who vote for McConnell's last-ditch plan...

    07/19/2011 8:35:25 AM PDT · by Qbert · 25 replies
    Politico Playbook ^ | 7/19/2011 | Mike Allen
    [Snip] WHAT IF THE SAFETY VALVE IS JAMMED? Several conservative and Tea-Party-friendly groups – including Club for Growth; FreedomWorks, chaired by Dick Armey; and RedState – are FIGHTING the “last-ditch” debt-ceiling mechanism concocted by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. (The WashPost amusingly referred to the measure on Saturday as “Reid-McConnell.” THAT’LL help sell it to House Rs!) --“[W]e write in strong opposition to Senator Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) ‘contingency plan’ to raise the debt ceiling and pledge the use of every tool at our coalition’s disposal to see to its defeat,” says the groups’ letter to GOP lawmakers. “We will refrain...
  • Obama threatens veto of House GOP’s “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill

    07/18/2011 8:01:28 PM PDT · by topher · 26 replies ^ | July 18, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    News is breaking out all over Capitol Hill just now: The president is threatening to veto House GOP conservatives’ proposal to cut spending now, cap future spending, and balance the budget. So, to be clear, to use that over-worn Obama phrase, the White House is against Cut, Cap and Balance. Spread the word. Call their bluff. *** WashTimes’ Emily Miller: “Obama just issued a veto threat for a bill that would give him a $2.4 trillion debt ceiling increase. So, who’s risking default now?” Via Jamie Dupree: Read the White House veto threat. The fear-mongering intro: The Administration strongly opposes...
  • If You Support Mitch McConnell, We Don’t Support You (A list of the failures of The NO SPINE RINO)

    07/18/2011 3:01:04 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 10 replies
    red state ^ | Erick Erickson
    I am instituting a new policy here at RedState. In the future, as we support candidates for the U.S. Senate in Republican Primaries, we will not support any candidate who goes on the record supporting Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican Leader. That does not preclude them from voting for McConnell once they get there if there are no better options. But when looking to endorse candidates, those who express a willingness to support someone else first will certainly be given more attention. Why? Well, it is not just that Mitch McConnell is yet again screwing both the Republican Party and...