Friday, July 22, 2011

Debt Ceiling Debate - #3099 -Senate Shoots Down Cut, Cap and Balance 51-46 - UpDate: DeMint Vows to Force New CCB Vote - Hot Air

Senate Shoots Down Cut, Cap and Balance 51-46 - Hot Air - When Harry Reid scheduled a rare motion-to-table vote for this morning rather than waiting for the cloture vote tomorrow, one had to presume that he had the votes to kill the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act. He did — but but it was close. From the Boss Emeritus: Update: 10:57am Eastern…The Senate just voted down the House Cut Cap and Balance bill, 51-46. Reid danced on its grave, proclaiming it “over, dead, and done.” Back to the Democrat plan: Nothing!.......The House has at least proposed two different plans to deal with the debt crisis. The Senate has yet to come up with any plan. Neither has the White House, despite the hysteria over the August 2nd deadline. So why are Senators streaming out of Washington DC, Senator Reid? And doesn’t that make this earlier whining a little more hypocritical?.......Update: Actually, Reid could have filibustered it had he chosen to do so. I’ve fixed the first paragraph. Update II: Straight party-line vote. It will be interesting to see how Ben Nelson and Claire McCaskill defend their decision to deny a balanced-budget amendment vote when it comes time to run for re-election next year.
Update III: Senator Jim DeMint pledged in a statement to force another vote on CCB: “The bipartisan House-passed Cut, Cap, Balance bill remains the only plan on the table, the only one that preserves our AAA rating, and is only four Democrat votes away from a Senate majority to end this debt crisis,” said Senator DeMint. “I will work to force another vote on Cut, Cap & Balance next week because the President and Democrats have not offered the American people any other viable solution......The bill has not been entirely killed. The House does not have to re-send the CCB in order for the Senate to reconsider it after it has been tabled. If DeMint can get enough votes, he can force Reid to bring it back to the floor from the table. Read entire article..... AW: This only reinforces why getting the Senate back in a conservative majority is so important in 2012 elections, Go George Allen!

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