Congress .. .meets debates votes … debt ceiling 8/1


The Senate Convened at  10:30amET August 1, 2011

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.627, the legislative vehicle for the debt limit increase.
  • The Senate will recess from 11:00am until 12:30pm to accommodate a Democratic caucus meeting.
  • At 12:30pm, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur with respect to the House message to S.627 with the time until 2:00pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Senator Rockefeller asked unanimous consent the Senate pass H.R.2533 with a Rockefeller-Hutchison amendment, which is at the desk and is a clean extension of the Federal Aviation Administration. Senator Hatch objected to Senator Rockefeller’s request.

Senator Hatch then asked unanimous consent the Senate pass H.R.2533, as passed by the House, which includes policy riders and with a Hatch amendment, which adds the House language regarding National Mediation Board. Senator Rockefeller objected to Senator Hatch’s request.

The Senate has reached a unanimous consent agreement to conduct a roll call vote at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 2nd on the Reid motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.365, the legislative vehicle for the debt limit increase with a 60-vote threshold.

 The details of the agreement are below.

 When the Chair lays before the body the House message to accompany S.365 on Tuesday August 2nd, the Majority Leader will be recognized to move to concur in the House amendments with the time until noon for debate on the motion to concur, equally divided, between the two Leaders, or their designees. At noon, the Senate will proceed to vote on the Reid motion to concur; the motion to concur will be subject to a 60 vote threshold; no amendments, points of order or other motions will be in order to the message prior to the vote.

 For the information of all Senators, it is the Majority Leader’s intention to have the Chair lay before the Senate the House Message to accompany S.365 at 9:30am, Tuesday, August 2nd.

Passed S.1466 Faster FOIA Act of 2011

Passed H.R.2715, a bill to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF AUGUST 1, 2011
112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION


7:36 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches, without prejudice to the possible return to legislative business.

7:34 P.M. – Mr. Poe (TX) asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Monday, August 1, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Agreed to without objection.

7:33 P.M. – Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 6913, and the order of the House of January 5, 2011, the Speaker appointed Mr. Smith, New Jersey, Chairman .

H.R. 2480:
to amend title 5, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Administrative Conference of the United States for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014, and for other purposes 

7:32 P.M. – On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 382 – 23(Roll no. 691).Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

7:16 P.M. – Considered as unfinished business.

H. Con. Res. 70:
Correcting the enrollment ofS. 365 

7:15 P.M. – Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

Considered as privileged matter.

S. 365:
to make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 

7:08 P.M. – Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.On passage Passed by recorded vote: 269 – 161(Roll no. 690).

6:49 P.M. – Call of the House Quorum responded: 419 present(Roll no. 689).

S. 365:
to make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 

6:26 P.M. – The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

5:01 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate onS. 365.

5:00 P.M. – Rule provides for consideration ofS. 365with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted. All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived.Considered under the provisions of ruleH. Res. 384.

4:59 P.M. – On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 304 – 115, 1 Present(Roll no. 688).

4:47 P.M. – UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal which further proceedings had been postponed.

H. Res. 384:
providing for consideration of the bill (S. 365) to make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 249 – 178(Roll no. 687).

4:31 P.M. – On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 242 – 184(Roll no. 686).

2:57 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate onH. Res. 384.Considered as privileged matter.

2:54 P.M. – Mr. Dreier filed a report from the Committee on Rules onH. Res. 384.

H.R. 1933:
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas 

2:53 P.M. – Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 – 17(Roll no. 685).

2:45 P.M. – Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 398:
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status, and for other purposes 

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 426 – 0(Roll no. 684).

2:27 P.M. – Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 2715:
to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws, and for other purposes 

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 421 – 2(Roll no. 683).

2:02 P.M. – Considered as unfinished business.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of August 1.

1:10 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

H.R. 2715:
to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws, and for other purposes 

1:09 P.M. – At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

12:49 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 2715.Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mrs. Bono Mack moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 2480:
to amend title 5, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Administrative Conference of the United States for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014, and for other purposes 

12:47 P.M. – At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

12:39 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 2480.Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 1933:
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas 

12:38 P.M. – At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

12:33 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 1933.Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 398:
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status, and for other purposes 

12:32 P.M. – At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

12:26 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 398.Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

12:25 P.M. – The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

12:03 P.M. – ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Miller of MI to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

12:02 P.M. – POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.

12:01 P.M. – Pursuant to section 4 of H.Res. 375, the Speaker announced that legislative business is not dispensed with on this day.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.

12:00 P.M. – The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of August 1.

10:18 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.

10:01 A.M. – MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

10:00 A.M. – The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

 

do Republicans want to shutdown the Gov’t again ?… repost


 last time it cost Americans 800million & furloughed over a million workers,delayed veterans benefits,shut down federally funded research,suspended certain law enforcement activities,among other things.

 

Right-wing “cannot wait” for gov’t shutdown, “just like in ’95 and ’96”

http://mediamatters.org/research/201008310020

The right-wing media is “giddy” over the possibility of winning a Republican majority in Congress in order to shut down the government. The shutdowns cost the government at least $800 million, furloughed over a million workers, delayed veterans benefits, shut down federally funded research, and suspended certain law enforcement activities, among other things.

The 1995-1996 gov’t shutdowns had massive impact on public and cost the government at least $800 million

Federal government shutdowns occur when Congress cannot agree to pass a federal budget. According to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, Federal government shutdowns occur for the following reasons:

Shutdowns of the federal government have occurred in the past due to failures to pass regular appropriations bills by the October 1 deadline; lack of an agreement on stopgap funding for federal government operations through a continuing resolution; and other impasses, for example, in 1995, the lack of an agreement on lifting the federal debt ceiling.

Then-speaker Gingrich was criticized for orchestrating two government shutdowns in FY 1996, which cost the government at least $800 million. Between November 1995 and January 1996, two federal government shutdowns occurred. As Time reported:

As the clocks struck midnight on Nov. 14, 1995, so began the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history. For 21 days — from Nov. 14-19 and again from Dec. 16, 1995-Jan. 6, 1996 — nonessential government employees stayed home while their leaders fought to pass a federal budget. The shutdown was sparked when an agreement between President Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress (led by then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich) could not be reached by Sept. 30, the expiration date of the previous year’s budget. In the end, the shutdown, which cost the government $800 million in losses for salaries paid to furloughed employees, was settled when Clinton submitted a budget that proposed to eliminate the federal deficit in seven years.

Delay: Gingrich “told a room full of reporters that he forced the shutdown because Clinton had rudely made him…sit at the back of Air Force One.” In his book No Retreat, No Surrender: One American’s Fight, Tom Delay, who was the Republican House Whip at the time of the shutdown, wrote:

Negotiations spiraled downward, and after Clinton vetoed a stopgap spending bill, funding for government services ran out, and a shutdown began on November 13, 1995. Not long after, Gingrich made the mistake of his life. He told a room full of reporters that he forced the shutdown because Clinton had rudely made him and Bob Dole sit at the back of Air Force One and exit from the rear on a flight to the funeral of assassinated Israeli prime minister [sic] Yitzak Rabin. It was pitiful. The New York Daily News carried the headline “Cry Baby” above a drawing of Newt as a screaming baby in diapers. The Democrats even tried to take a blowup of the cover onto the floor of the House.

The Hill also reported that Gingrich orchestrated the shutdown after President Bill Clinton made him and Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) sit at the back of Air Force One on a trip:

Gingrich received heavy criticism for helping to engineer the shutdown after it was reported he said that it was partially a result of Clinton’s making former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and him sit at the back of Air Force One.

Over 1 million federal employees were furloughed. According to the CRS report, over 1 million federal employees were furloughed as a result of the 1995-1996 government shutdown:

The most recent shutdowns occurred in FY1996. There were two during the early part of the fiscal year. The first, November 14-19, 1995, resulted in the furlough of an estimated 800,000 federal employees. It was caused by the expiration of a continuing funding resolution (P.L. 104-31) agreed to on September 30, 1995, and by President Clinton’s veto of a second continuing resolution and a debt limit extension bill.

The second FY1996 partial shutdown of the federal government, and the longest in history, began on December 16, 1995, and ended on January 6, 1996, after the White House and Congress agreed on a new resolution (P.L. 104-94) to fund the government through January 26, 1996. On January 2, 1996, the estimate of furloughed federal employees was 284,000.8 Another 475,000 federal employees, rated “essential,” continued to work in a non-pay status. The shutdown was triggered by the expiration of a continuing funding resolution enacted on November 20 (P.L. 104-56), which funded the government through December 15, 1995. There were several short-term continuing resolutions between January 6, 1996, and April 26, 1996, when P.L. 104-134 was enacted to fund any agencies or programs not yet funded through FY1996.

Time: Shutdown “cost the government $800 million in losses for salaries paid to furloughed employees.” Time reported that the “the shutdown was sparked when an agreement between President Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress (led by then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich) could not be reached by Sept. 30, the expiration date of the previous year’s budget. In the end, the shutdown, which cost the government $800 million in losses for salaries paid to furloughed employees, was settled when Clinton submitted a budget that proposed to eliminate the federal deficit in seven years.”

American veterans received “major curtailment in services,” including health services. The CRS reported that American veterans received “[m]ajor curtailment in services, ranging from health and welfare to finance and travel.”

Health research, toxic waste clean-up were shut down. The CRS reported that, according to “congressional hearings, press and agency accounts,” new patients were not admitted to NIH:

New patients were not accepted into clinical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ceased disease surveillance (information about the spread of diseases, such as AIDS and flu, were unavailable); hotline calls to NIH concerning diseases were not answered; and toxic waste clean-up work at 609 sites stopped, resulting in 2,400 “Superfund” workers being sent home.

Hiring of 400 border patrol agents was suspended. The CRS report showed that law enforcement services were suspended, including hiring 400 border patrol agents.

Delays occurred in the processing of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives applications by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; work on more than 3,500 bankruptcy cases was suspended; cancellation of the recruitment and testing of federal law-enforcement officials occurred, including the hiring of 400 border patrol agents; and delinquent child-support cases were suspended.

200,000 U.S. visa/passport applications went unprocessed; tourist industries suffered millions of dollars in losses. The CRS reported that:

20,000-30,000 applications by foreigners for visas went unprocessed each day; 200,000 U.S. applications for passports went unprocessed; and U.S. tourist industries and airlines sustained millions of dollars in losses.

Parks/Museums/Monuments closed costing $14.2 million per day in tourism revenue. The CRS reported an estimated loss of $14.2 million per day in local communities near the national parks, museums, and monuments due to the shutdown:

Closure of 368 National Park Service sites (loss of 7 million visitors) occurred, with local communities near national parks losing an estimated $14.2 million per day in tourism revenues; and closure of national museums and monuments (estimated loss of 2 million visitors) occurred.

Nonetheless, right-wing media “giddy” for a similar shutdown

Erickson: “I’m almost giddy thinking about a government shutdown next year. I cannot wait!” Via Twitter, Erick Erickson proclaimed:

Erickson tweet 1

In response to criticism over this statement, Erickson replied:

Erickson tweet 2

Morris: “There’s going to be a government shutdown just like in ’95 and ’96, but we’re going to win it this time.” On August 27, Fox News correspondent Dick Morris gave a speech at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Defending the Dream Conference, saying: “There’s going to be a government shutdown just like in ’95 and ’96, but we’re going to win it this time.”

So, it’s going to be same time next year, guys and women. Same time next year. We’re going to be back here and we’re going to be pressuring the people who we helped elect to oppose big spending and we will be telling them you do not tread on us. Now, there’s going to be a government shutdown just like in ’95 and ’96, but we’re going to win it this time, and I’ll be fighting on your side.

Gingrich using his old 1995 game plan to shape new GOP strategy: Take back Congress, “refuse to fund,” and force Obama to respond. In April 13 article, The Hill reported on Gingrich’s comments encouraging the GOP to cause a government shutdown over health care reform:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Tuesday that a government shutdown could occur should Republicans attempt to strip funding for the new healthcare law next Congress.

[…]

“A simple majority can refuse to fund. So, if you have Boehner as speaker and Mitch McConnell as majority leader, all you have to do is not write into the appropriations bill the money,” Gingrich said at a breakfast sponsored by The American Spectator and Americans for Tax Reform. “If the president vetoes the appropriations bills, you repass them.

“The president has got to make it into a positive political issue to veto the appropriations bills. Remember, the only person who can close the government is the president. If you’re prepared to pass the appropriations bills, he has to decide to veto a bill you have passed. And so you simply pass a bill.”  

[…]

“You have to consistently communicate key messages because the presidency is such a powerful instrument,” he said. “I think this city has fundamentally misunderstood what happened with the shutdown. To most of the country, it became a signal that we were serious…If we win we have every right to say ‘the American people have spoken.”

Asked if he would encourage the Republicans to push for a shutdown, Gingrich said that the GOP needs to be ready to stand on principle.

“It’s especially important that they keep their word to the American people,” he told The Hill. “[They] can’t be intimidated…you have to believe what you believe in.”

Dave Weigel reported that Gingrich similarly encouraged Republicans to send Obama a budget which refused to fund health care reform, and see if Obama “decide[s]…he’s going to veto the bill” or not. From Wiegel’s April 13 report:

At a luncheon at the Heritage Foundation — his second meeting with conservative journalists and bloggers today — Newt Gingrich expanded a bit on his argument, made most recently at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, that a new Republican Congress could roll back the Democrats’ victory on health-care reform by refusing to fund it. I asked Gingrich how this would work, given the experience of Republicans in the winter of 1995 when a showdown over the budget forced a government shutdown.

“Wait a second,” said Gingrich. “This is the standard, elite, inside-the-Beltway worldview. Tell me in what way we didn’t win. After that, we got to a balanced budget. And what happened to the Republican majority?” The answer, of course, is that Republicans held the majority in 1996, while President Bill Clinton was reelected.

[…]

Gingrich, having argued that the 1995 shutdown was good for Republicans, argued that a potential battle over health care would be even better. “There’s a new poll out this morning,” said Gingrich, referring to a Rasmussen Reports study. “By 58 to 38, people want to repeal the health-care bill. It’ll get worse as people learn more and as the failure of the bill becomes more obvious. So if you take that model, all the Republican Congress needs to say in January is, ‘We won’t fund it.’ What the president needs to decide is: He’s going to veto the bill. He needs to force a crisis on an issue that’s a 58 to 38 issue. And it’s going to get worse. It’ll be 2 to 1 or better by the time we get down to the fight. Because this bill is terrible.”

I followed up with Gingrich after the speech, largely to clarify how Clinton’s reelection figured into this recollection of the shutdown. According to Gingrich, Clinton simply over-matched the Republicans in 1996 and skillfully made the speaker of the House his target. The ability of Republicans to hold onto Congress was impressiveness nonetheless. “I always look back on the budget fight as the moment our base decided we were real, that we weren’t just politicians,” said Gingrich. “I believe — and John Kasich and Bob Livingston agree with me — if we had backed off, we never would have gotten to a balanced budget.”

   
 
 

Republican Alberta Darling vs. Six-year-o​ld Gabriel


We’re just 10 days out from Wisconsin’s August 9 recall elections and we’re just a few points down in District 8.

Republican Alberta Darling voted to give huge new tax breaks to millionaires while cutting health programs for children, like Wisconsin’s BadgerCare. Now, we’re going on the air in her district for the first time with a powerful new TV ad that puts a family depending on BadgerCare front and center.

Check out our new TV ad and please contribute $10 to help put it on the air.

Our ad in District 14 has been a huge success. We’ve pulled ahead to a small lead in the polls there and we’re staying on the air through Election Day.

Now we’re bringing that same momentum to District 8. Our new ad is powerful, putting Sylvia Adair and her family front and center to talk about how they depend on BadgerCare.

We don’t make cookie-cutter ads. We’ve teamed up with our friends at the PCCC to have real Wisconsinites talk about their lives and how the Republican war on working families has affected them. They’re powerful and they cut through the corporate spin and attack ads that normally clutter the airwaves.

Contribute $10 now to help put our ad on the air.

Thank you for everything you do.

-Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

Countdown to the GOP Default


 | By ThinkProgress War Room

Where We Are And Where We’re Going

We are now just FOUR days away from an unprecedented GOP-induced default on our nation’s obligations. Here’s a snapshot of where we are now and where the situation is headed over the next few days.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT:Speaker Boehner (R-OH) was dealt a highly embarrassing setback when he was forced to pull his plan from the floor and cancel a planned vote on it because of he could not secure enough votes in his own Republican caucus to pass it — despite having a massive 48-seat majority. The U.S. House instead turned to naming post offices last evening.

WHAT’S STILL IN THE GOP DEFAULT PLAN: The basic framework has not changed much since we described the plan earlier this week, including:

  • Another automatic default crisis in 6-months (just in time for Christmas)
  • A commission to gut $1.8 TRILLION from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid (in addition to nearly $1 TRILLION in other spending cuts)
  • No new revenues — or event the possibility of deficit reduction through revenue
  • A downgrade of our credit rating

WHAT’S NEW IN THE GOP DEFAULT PLAN: In order to entice recalcitrant Tea Party extremists to support the plan, Speaker Boehner made some changes to his default plan, including:

  • Adding a requirement that both the House and the Senate pass (not just vote on) a constitutional balanced budget amendment (BBA). If both houses fail to pass the BBA (more here on why the plan offered by the House is an insane idea) then the president will not be allowed to increase the debt ceiling when we next hit it in about six months.

CRAZIEST TEA PARTY REJECTION: Several billion dollars in additional funding for Pell grants that would have ensured that the full amount of grants is available for students this year and next. Conservatives had protested the inclusion of such funding, .

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • The House will vote tonight around 7 p.m. on the Boehner default plan. The cuts to Pell grants and inclusion of the BBA provision are expected to ensure it finally has the votes to pass. Zero Democrats are expected to vote in favor.
  • As quickly as possible after the House vote, the Senate will vote tonight to kill the Boehner default plan. There are currently 58 Senators (51 Democrats, 2 Independents, and 4 Republicans) who have publicly expressed their opposition to the plan.
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will begin the long Senate process to bring up his compromise plan to avoid imminent default, preserve the nation’s AAA credit rating, raise the debt ceiling through 2013, cut $2.4 TRILLION in spending (with no benefit cuts to entitlements), and create a new committee to identify additional deficit reduction — including through new revenues. As of this writing, a final vote on the Reid plan is expected around 1:00 on Sunday.

WHAT WE KNOW: There will be an unprecedented default on our obligations after Tuesday (more here on how that you would directly effect you) unless Republicans agree to a bipartisan plan to avoid it.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: What the final plan to avoid a default will look like.

IN ONE SENTENCE: Our economy is on a knife’s edge and it’s time for Republican leaders to abandon the extremists in their party and agree to a bipartisan plan that can pass both the House and the Senate, will be signed by the president, and will both avoid a default after Tuesday and extend the debt ceiling through 2013.

Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed

Even two Republican senators think John Boehner’s fantasy debt ceiling plan is a terrible idea.

Michele Bachmann’s getting foreign policy advice from paranoid Islamophobe Frank Gaffney.

How The House Can Remove John Boehner As Speaker.

The Treasury Departments announcement of new sanctions on six al-Qaeda facilitators has been taken by hawkish pundits as proof of an Iran-al-Qaeda pact but none of the six people named for sanctions were Iranian, and only one is allegedly based on Iranian soil.

Stephen Walt blogs that while American Islamophobes aren’t responsible for Anders Breivike’s shooting/bombing last week but, “they do bear some responsibility for creating and promoting a vision of cultural conflict that makes such extreme responses more likely.”

John Boehner’s tenure as Speaker of the House may be in jeopardy if the GOP can’t pass his proposal to cut the deficit and raise the debt ceiling, write Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest. ” Heilbrunn observes, “Already the failure to pass it last night was a humiliation inflicted upon him by Tea Party stalwarts.”

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol called John Boehner’s inclusion of a Balanced Budget amendment in his debt ceiling proposal a “pointless and embarrassing gimmick to try to secure a last-gasp victory on the House floor.” Even if it wins over enough conservatives to pass the house, the Democratic Senate and President Obama’s opposition to the Boehner bill renders it “dead on arrival” in the Senate.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) became the highest currently elected official to urge President Obama to to hike the debt ceiling to prevent a government default.

Don’t blame the EPA for the bad economy

Numbers To Know: How Your High Gas Prices Fuel Big Oil’s Huge Profits

Big Oil once again reported massive profits this week — $35.4 BILLION for just this quarter and a whopping $67.4 BILLION for the first half of 2011. A handy chart from the Center for American Progress shows how the rest of us are fueling Big Oil’s huge profits:

Sunday mishmash &some News


just another rant

As Americans and the World watches Congress battle on national TV, ‘the media” seems to be putting a face on who we need to blame for the apparent Congressional rift. I am a democrat yet the face of blame from radio and TV seems far to right of center for my taste. I watch, listen and take all the rhetoric in but as always question the source, sort out fact from fiction, remember what has been happening over the last 24months and ultimately decide for myself… but then that’s just me. The fact is raising the Debt Ceiling is the job of Congress yet Congress and some of our fellow Americans have decided to dump that responsibility on President Obama … unfair. I support President Obama and I still believe he will have to invoke the 14th Amendment but only because our inept folks in Congress which have managed to do less and less since the midterm elections have all but thrown up their hands to defer our default and demise to the President. I know folks think it would be a great win for him, a strong choice and yes, i thought so too, only problem is our credit rating will be downgraded thus raising interest rates on everyone

For years, Congress has managed to raise the debt ceiling without much afterthought. However, after the midterm elections it was clear JOBs were not important to Republicans or their extreme group called the tea party. Republicans on the State& Federal level saw this as moment to force their beliefs and make changes to the way Americans live their lives and yes undermine the President of the US. I get the impression that the agenda to ruin the first Black President of the US of A started the night of his win.  This has been a rough journey for our President and if he had a worthy Congress our move toward the 21st Century would be big bold and progressive. We cannot ignore how malicious how far the Republican Party has gone to block progress and even so, our President keeps trying with the grand deal as another example.  I feel both parties saw this as a moment to create change the other wanted to block it. The President saw the future in a grand deal while Republicans decided to use the debt ceiling & deficit as a tool, lest we even think about the reasons they want to amend our constitution.  I do not know what will happen on Aug.2nd and maybe the debt ceiling will be raised maybe not.  I do wonder if the world will see us the same and will our credit rating decline anyway or will a deal be made only to find that all future bills with revenue included be filibustered and will Congress continue to act so irresponsible. The thing i really fear is if this is just the beginning of an all-out assault to bring President down by any means necessary with the default being one of many signs along this long road to Election 2012.

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