Harry Reid, still reeling from his failure to kill the surge in Iraq, is planning to kill the Boehner bill tonight if the bill passes the House today (update — as of 4:30 not clear the bill will pass the House):
“Today the House of Representatives will vote on Speaker Boehner’s short-term plan to raise the debt ceiling,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated. No Democrat will vote for a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now.”
Often scheduling a vote in the Senate requires more than a two day wait. But to expedite the process, and to prove as swiftly as possible that Boehner’s plan is DOA in the Senate, Reid will move to table the bill. All Democrats will vote to table the legislation, Reid has said, and then it’s on to the next step.
That would leave no pending legislation to address the debt ceiling. This apparently is how Democrats measure success.
The next step for for Republicans in the House should be? (Poll open until 8 p.m. tonight, unless developments dictate a sooner close):