The Senate hasn’t produced a budget resolution in over 800 days. Despite the alarmist rhetoric sounded by Barack Obama and Harry Reid, the Senate hasn’t produced a single plan to deal with either the debt ceiling or deficit control. However, Harry Reid is incensed that the House will take the weekend off on the off chance that Reid might actually do his job. No, really:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized the House of Representatives for taking the weekend off, saying it painted a “very bad picture” for debt negotiations.
“Let me get this off my chest,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. “I just heard there is an announcement in the House of Representatives that they are taking the weekend off.”
“I think this is a very bad picture to have the House out this weekend when we have to likely wait for them to send us something, because as I understand the negotiations taking place deal with revenues which constitutionally have to start in the House,” said Reid.
“I think it is just untoward,” continued Reid. “That’s the kindest work I can say… What a bad picture.”
The House has already sent two proposals to the Senate to deal with the fiscal situation: the Ryan plan, which failed 40-57, and the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act this week. Reid scheduled a preliminary cloture vote on the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act for Saturday, which will take up floor time today and tomorrow. Putting the bill on the floor schedule strongly suggests that it won’t pass a final vote, although it may pass the cloture vote on Saturday, which means that there will be even more activity this weekend to get the final vote recorded and the House bill killed.
Boehner won’t move on anything else until the Senate starts doing its job in this process and determine what path it will take. So what’s the likelihood that the Senate will produce anything that the House needs to consider this weekend? Somewhere between zero and absolute zero. The Senate is working on two proposals at the moment to deal with the debt ceiling, the McConnell plan and the Gang of Six “proposal,” which lacks any details at the moment. It will take weeks just to get the Go-6 plan written, and then it has to be scored before the House will even take it up.
The House passed its solution. The Senate needs to do its job for the first time in over 800 days before its leader can complain about anyone taking a weekend off.