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    Here we go again

    Here we go again

    The Senate’s cloture vote on Harry Reid’s debt bill just failed 50-49.

    What now? McConnell says an agreement with President Obama is on the horizon:

    McConnell said he is “very very close to being able . . . to recommend to my members that this is something that they ought to support.”

    “You’ll see that this is a process that could get him (President Obama) past the election. We’re working on the combinations that will get us there,” McConnell said. “I’m particularly appreciative that we’re now back talking to the only person in America who can sign something into law and that’s the president of the United States.”

    Thoughts?

    Update 6:00 p.m. ET: Back after doing my part to stimulate the economy (shopping!), and it looks like an agreement may happen soon:

    Weekly Standard reports “defense [spending] is on the chopping block,” which may cause Republicans to balk.

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    RightKlik | July 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Looks like the struggle over the Boehner bill will have served as nothing more than a wedge between conservatives and rest of the party.


     
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    Viator | July 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    6:24 pm
    Boehner Balking at Debt Deal
    by Joseph B. White

    House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) appears to be balking at the debt ceiling deal that Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has signed. Mr. Boehner is concerned about provisions in the deal that could lead to sharp cuts in military spending, say people familiar with the situation. House aides have warned that just because Mr. Reid has signed off on the deal doesn’t mean the deal is done.

    Washington Wire, WSJ


     
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    Viator | July 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    7:14 pm
    GOP Leaders Sign on To Tentative Debt Deal
    by Corey Boles

    House Republican leaders have agreed to a “tentative deal” to lift the U.S. debt ceiling and cut the deficit by roughly $2.4 trillion in a series of stages. House leaders have scheduled a briefing for their caucus at 8:30, aides say. The move comes after a long afternoon during which House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), balked at proposals that could lead to sharp cuts in military spending.

    Earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) “signed off” on a debt-ceiling plan pending the approval of the Senate Democratic caucus, a congressional aide said Sunday.

    Now, the leaders have to round up their troops and schedule votes.

    Washington Wire


     
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    Nemo's omen | July 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Weekly Standard reports “defense [spending] is on the chopping block,” which may cause Republicans to balk.

    Progressives will beat our swords into Dowshares and our spears into windmills? Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore [Isaiah 2:4 & Micah 4:3]

    except for beefing up our Afghanistan presence, raiding Pakistan, assassinating militants in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan by drone, still doing stuff in Iraq, still detaining terrorist suspects at Gitmo and illegally offshore, attacking Libya in support of radicalized rebels, ordering Special Ops in Somalia, giving special security packages to Mali and otherwise training and equipping many African countries, encouraging the Egyptian revolt (going Islamist), undercutting Israel’s security, etc.

    And that’s just the ME and SW Asia under Obama. Why would we need a strong and flexible military?


     
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    retire05 | July 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    And as Obama has pulled troops out of Iraq, we now have the the worst week in Iraq in how long? And Obama wants to cut defense spending. Yeah, that’s what Clinton did, and when we went to war in Afghanistan, we had planes sitting on the tarmac not able to fly for want of parts.

    How about we cut the welfare checks to those who don’t deserve them? How about we tell those women who have three kids and no baby daddy that it is time for them to pull their own load and get a job, no matter how meager? How about we do some real investigation and knock the four people I know who are collecting SSDI but working under the table, off SSDI (if you are healthy enough to work a job, you don’t need my tax money)?

    Nah, instead all we hear about is slashing money to seniors who paid for their benefits a long time ago and slashing funds to the military.


       
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      Nemo's omen in reply to retire05. | August 1, 2011 at 12:04 am

      How about we tell those women who have three kids and no baby daddy that it is time for them to pull their own load and get a job, no matter how meager? How about we do some real investigation and knock the four people I know who are collecting SSDI but working under the table, off SSDI (if you are healthy enough to work a job, you don’t need my tax money)?

      Goodness, quite the Modest Proposal you got there. Whom are you satirizing?

      If you think funding a capable military which the Dems have no problem using for wars, humanitarian missions, and targeted assassinations essentially steals food from the mouths of babes or is causing a witchhunt for hard-up part-time workers, then just say so.


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