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    Where are we?

    Where are we?

    Thanks to Katie for helping out this afternoon with updates, as I was traveling.

    I’ve heard bits and pieces, and posted last night the tentative deal.  Apparently there will not be any vote tonight, which is a good thing to me because we should get to see what’s in the bill before we pass it.

    Where are we?

    What do you make of this:

    But conservatives, including members of the Tea Party Caucus, say they do not plan to blow up the floor proceedings in protest of a deal that does not include passage of a balanced budget amendment.

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, said he would insist that any compromise receive at least 60 votes on the Senate floor but not drag out the process to delay an agreement beyond Tuesday.

    “I don’t see any reason for not agreeing to an advanced time table,” Lee said. “A 60-vote threshold is one thing but there’s no reason to run the clock out any more.”



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    I am grateful to the Tea Party for the good things they have done for the country. They have had more success at framing the debate than I expected (though less than they wished). I wish them even greater success in the future.

    But, as far as their relationship with the GOP goes, this is probably a moment to heed Benjamin Disraeli: Damn your principles! Stick to your party.

    Doug Wright | July 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I too want to see a balance budget amendment passed and then adopted by the states. However, it’s critically important that the wording of this amendment be carefully crafted to ensure that our federal budgets do become balance against revenues.

    The wording of some previous amendments have been interpreted differently and while a plain language amendment might be difficult to craft, that effort should be made.

    So, go for it and get it right for a change!

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