Thursday, September 26, 2013

Now the Senate Doesn't Want to Negotiate

I saw several stories over the past several days about Obama's basic unwillingness to negotiate with House leaders over raising the debt ceiling. Now the Senate is refusing any negotiations:

House Republicans are preparing to roll out a debt limit proposal in advance of a floor vote as early as the end of this week, with sweeteners attached that are expected to include a one-year delay of the 2010 health law’s implementation, a blueprint for an overhaul of the country’s tax code and instructions to begin construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. 
The Democratic-controlled Senate isn’t expected to take kindly to such a package. 
“Apparently they’re now working on some Christmas tree-filled demands in order to raise the debt ceiling,” said Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., at a Wednesday event sponsored by The Atlantic. 
Upon receiving that bill, Murray continued, “With a whole laundry list of their favorite stuff … we’ll send it back clean because that is the responsible thing to do.”
(Underline added).

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