What else is there to say? Your tax dollars at work. No reason for the Republican Congress to make Boehner’s stupid bill any more compromising or bipartisan, right? They passed it, huzzah! KNOWING that the Senate would reject it. What an accomplishment.
Brian Beutler reports:
The final vote was 218 in favor to 210 against. Zero Democrats joined the majority, and only 22 Republicans voted with the Democrats.
[…] What [Boehner] came up with — a plan that would have forced Congress to accept deep entitlement cuts in the month ahead under the threat of yet another default — unified Democrats in opposition, and left him with the unenviable task of finding 217 Republicans who support a plan that lacked the radical provisions they’ve long demanded.
He couldn’t put it together. That left him to choose between admitting total defeat, or throwing his caucus more red meat and passing yet another symbolic measure. He chose the latter. At this point his bill’s only substantive purpose may be to serve as a vehicle for Senate Democrats and Republicans to pass a viable, bipartisan debt limit bill.
The NYT Caucus blog just posted last night:
The United States Senate quickly dispatched the debt ceiling bill passed by the House Friday evening, tabling the Republican bill indefinitely and moving quickly to start consideration of a Democratic plan that would avoid default on Tuesday.
Less than two hours after House Speaker John A. Boehner pushed his bill through the House over the strenuous objections of nearly two dozen of his own Republican members, the Democratic leadership in the Senate followed through on their promise to kill his legislation.
Are the teaparty Republican Congressmen aware that — by a majority of votes in 2008 and 2010 — the Senate and the White House are Democratic? For that matter, are the teabaggers aware of that fact?
JK! We all know they’re aware of that fact — their ‘job’ is to do nothing and make sure nothing gets done through November 2012! Wouldn’t it be great to draw a paycheck* + benefits for doing nothing (i.e. writing outlandish bills that would never, ever be approved by the Senate or the President)?
*The current salary for all Senators and Members is $174,000. The salary for the Speaker is $223,500 and the salary for the Majority and Minority Leaders is $193,400.