Breaking: Boehner to caucus: We’ll move our own bill today

posted at 9:43 am on October 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Does John Boehner have a card left to play? Faced with an angry group of Tea Party members in his caucus over the deal floating in the Senate, Boehner told House Republicans that he will move a new bill to the floor today for a vote.  What will he pose for an alternative that might jolt Senate Republicans to force more talks?

Allahpundit had an idea for Boehner even before Robert Costa reported on the new move by Boehner:

That got a lot of criticism on Twitter, even though — as AP pointed outHeritage suggested a similar strategy last week, although they denied having done so.  Andrew Stiles’ sources stuck to their story and others corroborated the earlier sources, and also noted that Heritage’s CEO told the Wall Street Journal the same thing:

Mr. Needham thinks, by the way, that the stalemate may drag on well beyond Oct. 17, the day the U.S. Treasury may reach the federal borrowing limit. He has little problem with the latest strategy to pass a temporary debt-ceiling extension, viewing the debt-default debate as a distraction from the battle over the future of ObamaCare funding . . .

On the latest offer from House Republicans—a short-term extension of the debt ceiling—Mr. Needham calls it a shrewd move by Speaker John Boehner: “We’ve got to get back to the discussion of ObamaCare, not the typical Washington food fight.”

Not to worry, though.  It’s not a clean bill, but it’s not far off from the Senate deal, and it has roughly the same CR/DL parameters as the rumored Senate deal.  Costa elaborated on the proposed bill:

This looks like an attempt to force a conference committee rather than an attempt to block negotiations.  Boehner tried to get Harry Reid on board for a conference committee earlier, but Reid was still refusing all negotiations.  Boehner may calculate that he can give this one last try on the House’s terms, and a conference committee will give him enough cover to push through the Senate deal while perhaps winning an extra sweetener or two.  The House really wants the Vitter amendment, at least to force the Democrats to defeat it, in one last push.

At this point, though, the House and Senate have closed the gap considerably. We’ll see if the House effort accelerates or slows the final resolution of the standoff.

Update: The Vitter language has been narrowed, by the way:

Since the problem has mainly been with staffer compensation — most members of Congress don’t need to worry about their subsidies — this seems like a significant concession.


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If that’s true then we have no choice but civil war.

kcewa on October 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Do you disagree that it’s true?

Midas on October 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Yep, CutAndPasteBoy is back. He’s like diarrhea, you know how it seems to come in cycles? You think it’s all done, then suddenly it’s back.

slickwillie2001 on October 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Seems to me the best requirement to add — and one that would make sense to even low-information-voters — would be something to the effect that the president can’t give anyone a waiver to Obamacare without giving everyone a waiver.

If the business mandate gets a 1-year delay, so does the individual mandate. If politically-connected unions get a waiver, so does everyone else. Just remove the ability of the president to grant special favors, and everyone has to live with the law as passed. That seems to me the fastest route to getting the law changed.

And it has the advantage of being absolutely clear, and an obviously principled stand.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Why not just vote on the clean CR that Boehner has admitted he and Reid agreed to, and has more than enough Republican votes to EASILY pass Congress giving Republicans a MASSIVE VICTORY over the Dems in which the Dems have completely surrendered by giving the Republicans across the board spending cuts that force austerity by only funding federal programs at the REDUCED levels as was demanded by the Republicans for which the Senate has PASSED?

JustTheFacts on October 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

The status quo isn’t a win. It will still bankrupt us. We didn’t have reduced levels of spending – we have reduced levels in the increase in spending. And this isn’t austerity. Austerity is what is going to happen when the boomers blow up the entitlement system and the Democrats can no longer pretend that the entitlement system is a “safety net”.

gwelf on October 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Because those across the board cuts include defense? The majority of House Repubs like that pork as much as the Dems do.

kcewa on October 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

That is an excellent question as I understand it they are NOT negotiating about the defense spending of $600 billion on the military, with $78 billion for the Afghan war.

They only negotiated about the remaining $300 billion of the agreed Republican spending for funding federal programs at REDUCED levels as was demanded by the Republicans.

If you or anyone else has a link, info, etc. that would clarify it would be appreciated as it’s difficult to understand why shutting down the government is supposed to be better for the people/economy/country than just allowing the Boehner & Reid agreed CR, that has more than enough Republican votes to EASILY pass Congress and has already passed the Senate, be voted on?

Boehner said he didn’t allow the agreed upon CR to be voted on because it didn’t have an attachment to DEFUND Obamacare.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And you offered a clean resolution.

BOEHNER: But I and my members decided the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand. And we took a stand.

http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/week-transcript-house-speaker-john-boehner/story?id=20476180&page=2

The only cr with enough votes to pass is the clean cr that Boehner and Reid agreed to which also passed the senate despite that its at the Republican demanded spending levels.

FOX NEWS REPORTS:

Democrats compromised by giving away the store on sequestration-level funding. Too bad that the Tea Partiers driving the train in Washington these days are too wild-eyed to see it.
This could have been the week when Republicans celebrated a continuation of austerity, across the board spending cuts and all the fiscal policies they had been rhetorically touting for decades.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/10/03/republicans-have-already-won-so-why-wont-compromise/

JustTheFacts on October 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

The status quo isn’t a win. It will still bankrupt us. We didn’t have reduced levels of spending – we have reduced levels in the increase in spending. And this isn’t austerity. Austerity is what is going to happen when the boomers blow up the entitlement system and the Democrats can no longer pretend that the entitlement system is a “safety net”.

gwelf on October 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Thank you for the information but could you please clarify what you meant when you said:

We didn’t have reduced levels of spending – we have reduced levels in the increase in spending.

Are you saying that Boehner and Reid’s clean cr that passed the Senate with the Republican level of spending has not been allowed a vote in the House because the Republican spending levels are to high despite that the total spending of the CR is BELOW the Bush $1.2 Trillion DEFICIT before Obama was elected?

The above CR actually cuts the DEFICIT even more than the over 50% deficit reduction that has taken effect since Obama took office according to the CBO.

JustTheFacts on October 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Let it ride.

Bmore on October 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM

slickwillie2001 on October 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Yep, apparently it didn’t even know it was a plagiarist until rogerb educated it to the meaning.

Bmore on October 15, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Why not just vote on the clean CR that Boehner has admitted he and Reid agreed to, and has more than enough Republican votes to EASILY pass Congress giving Republicans a MASSIVE VICTORY over the Dems in which the Dems have completely surrendered by giving the Republicans across the board spending cuts that force austerity by only funding federal programs at the REDUCED levels as was demanded by the Republicans for which the Senate has PASSED?

 

Are you saying that Boehner and Reid’s clean cr that passed the Senate with the Republican level of spending has not been allowed a vote in the House because the Republican spending levels are to high despite that the total spending of the CR is BELOW the Bush $1.2 Trillion DEFICIT before Obama was elected?

 
Re: plagiarism
 
Has anyone figured out what makes it so easy to tell?

rogerb on October 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM

$17 trillion in debt is more than enough. It is downright immoral.

Shut it down. Time to turn the spigot off.

Murphy9 on October 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM

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