The New York Times story earlier this week on how “Senate Women Lead in Effort to Find Accord,” about a group of five women senators, left a bad taste in my mouth. The central quote, from which the article derived much of its persuasive force, came from Sen.
Three reasons the Democrats won
It’s over. The Senate voted yes. The House voted yes. President Obama signed the bill and, on Thursday, the federal government is open for business again.
Americans who want jobs or mortgages will suffer because John Boehner didn't have the guts to stiff the Tea Party
Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have nearly completed a deal that would reopen the government and increase the Treasury Department's debt ceiling. President Obama has signalled his support, as have Democratic leaders in the House. But House Republicans aren't ready to give up on their dream of threatening shutdown and default to extract concessions. They're making yet another counter-offer, with some of the same demands Democrats rejected perviously—even though, within two days, Treasury is likely to exhaust the "extraordinary measures" it's been using to pay its bills.
Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republicans, approached Democrats with a new offer over the weekend: He and his colleagues would vote to open the government and increase its borrowing authority, as long as Democrats would agree to accept the depleted spending levels of budget sequestration. Harry Reid, leader of the Senate Democrats, said no thanks. It was the third time in less than a week Democrats had spurned a Republican overture.
Here's What He Did Last Time
Politico reports today that Joe Biden, who led President Obama's negotiations in last winter's "fiscal cliff" standoff, has been noticeably absent during the showdowns over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. According to the story by Jonathan Allen and Carrie Budoff Brown, Biden has been banished from the backrooms by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who stipulated a no-Biden policy during planning meetings with the president last summer.
House Republican leaders are starting to look pretty desperate.
A little while ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid arrived at an event on Capitol Hill and got a huge applause from some fellow Democrats. That probably doesn’t seem surprising. Reid has always been popular with members of his caucus. But this time it wasn’t just Senate Democrats cheering him. It was House Democrats, too. “Three cheers for Harry Reid,” one House Democrat said. “In the House, we love you,” said another.
As you’ve heard or read by now, perhaps from my colleague Alec MacGillis, the big standoff over presidential nominations and the filibuster is over. On Tuesday morning, Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement about those seven nominees that the GOP was blocking. Basically, the Republicans are relenting. Votes on all seven will take place.