House Passes CR…Senate Doesn’t Care
Early this morning, while most folks were sleeping, the House passed a continuing resolution that would fund the government through mid-November by a 219-203 margin. The measure was essentially the same as the one defeated just a day earlier, when conservatives and Democrats both cast “no” votes.
From The Hill:
For Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the vote was little more than a mulligan. …
Boehner…add[ed] a sweetener in the form of a $100 million rescission to the loan guarantee program that funded the bankrupt energy company Solyndra.
Twenty-four Republicans opposed the measure, half the number that voted against when it failed on Wednesday. Six Democrats supported it.
House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CA) said the bill contained only “a very minor change.” Indeed, the only change was the $100 million recession. For all intents and purposes, it was the same bill that Heritage Action key voted against earlier in the week.
The funny thing about the House scrum – over a bill that was drafted to attract Democratic support – is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said it “will be rejected” in the Senate. Indeed, Senator Reid is expected to table the bill this morning, setting up another showdown.
It is almost as if Senator Reid forgot he is the leader of the Senate, which is supposed to be the world’s most deliberative body. Instead of allowing Senators to debate and amend the House-passed CR, he will move to kill it and then move negotiations behind closed doors.
It is no wonder Americans are disappointed with Congress.