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    Senate Dems kill Cut, Cap & Balance Bill – leave nation with no plan // Update: Reid tells Senate to take weekend off

    Senate Dems kill Cut, Cap & Balance Bill – leave nation with no plan // Update: Reid tells Senate to take weekend off

    The Senate, on a motion to table brought by Harry Reid, just killed the Cut, Cap & Balance Bill passed in the House without any floor debate.

    Unlike a motion for cloture, which would have required a day of floor debate, Harry Reid managed to kill the bill without any television clips of Senators staking out their positions.

    Since there is no other plan proposed by anyone, including Senate Democrats and Obama, this leaves the nation with no plan to deal with the debt ceiling.

    Mark Knoller of CBS News tweets that having killed the bill, Harry Reid has decided that the Senate should take the weekend off:


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    Cowboy Curtis | July 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Americans keep on electing these jokers, we’re not heading for anything we didn’t ask for.

    As badly as the republicans are going to botch the PR war (they will, they always do), I think democrat hopes that this mess will somehow work to their longterm benefit (as in 2012) are wildly misplaced. A general “throw the bums out” sentiment in the populace, which is what’s coming, is not going to help the party with the most senators standing for election next fall. That goes doubly for the White House.

    The American public can be quite foolish, but they aren’t stupid.

    Bicameral government in this country is so corrupted today that the basic process just cannot take place. The House did its job by (as it did with the bill repealing ObamaCare) presenting a bill for CC&B. If the process worked, the Senate would now discuss it, open the floor for amendments and then go to conference committee to hammer out the differences.

    But our government has descended into a process of secret backroom dealing followed by kabuki and then cramdown.

    Let’s throw a monkey wrench into this machine already and replace it with the government created by our Constitution. This government is determined to go over the cliff. We don’t have to follow them. It’s still our government if we stop holding our noses and voting for it.

    Ipso Facto | July 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

    The Democrats just made it abundantly clear that they are not willing to compromise or even negotiate, but instead, they are willing to totally shut down the process with their Senate veto power. The Republicans now need to respond by exercising their House veto power and not even vote on anything brought to the table by Obama or the Senate that does not meet with their approval.

    The Republicans should now walk out of all talks and tell Obama and Reid that they will not return to the bargaining table until Obama submits either a plan or amendments to CC&B.

    I am now totally ok with a government shutdown.

      That’s exactly right. If the Senate/POTUS can’t follow the rules and produce a specific document for consideration and deliberated in the process defined in the Constitution, no deal. We can’t continue to govern around the Constitution with “gangs of xxx” forever.

    VetHusbandFather | July 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    All I hear on the radio are reports of Republican’s being unwilling to compromise, and how Republicans made a ‘short-sighted promise’ to not raise taxes. I can’t believe that people buy that kind of garbage media coverage. Pretty sad that the Dems refused to even discuss the bill. Instead of pointing out where they think compromises should be made, they will just continue to claim that the bill amounts to putting a gun to your grandma’s head.

    groundhogchick05 | July 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Question: Why is the Senate trying to come up anything? According to the Constitution, bills that deal with revenue start in the House. Am I missing something? The House did their job and passed a revenue bill. The only thing the Senate should be doing is debating that bill and voting on that bill. How can the Senate just “come up with their own bill? (Gang of 6, McConnell Plan…etc.)” That’s unconstitutional!

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