He was apparently not pleased that we released a statement about what our reaction to the budget deal may be if indeed it was comprised of the flawed policies that early reports were indicating it would be. And the early indications proved accurate.
This remark gets to the heart of the budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul RyanHouse Republican Average63% and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty MurraySenate Democrat Average0%. Some lawmakers have been eager to undo sequestration, an imperfect but effective tool at cutting spending, and this budget deal is their opportunity.
She’s onto something: Americans are dissatisfied with Obamacare. She’s probably read the polls recently, like the Gallup poll that indicates 52 percent of Americans want Congress to scale back or repeal Obamacare entirely. Or perhaps she saw the poll this past August which showed 62 percent of Louisiana voters opposed Obamacare.
One of the questions that has arisen since Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry ReidSenate Democrat Average7% – with the help of all but three of his party’s senators – invoked the nuclear option to change the Senate’s rules (essentially eliminating the filibuster for nominations) is what the Senate minority (in this case, Republicans) can do about it.
There are a number of parliamentary maneuvers in the Senate rules that would allow the minority to make Reid’s majority pay a heavy price for his elimination of minority rights and the curtailment of debate in the country’s formerly most deliberative body. Those parliamentary rules allow even a minority to virtually shutdown the Senate.