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December 16, 2010

BREAKING: Porked Up Omnibus Dead? UPDATE: DEAD


Looks like it.

URGENT URGENT Sen Harry Reid (D-NV) says he won't force vote on earmark-filled Senate Omnibus budget bill

Full story here.

Various reports are now saying Reid is going to talk to McConnell about a short term Continuing Resolution (which is what McConnell demanded earlier today).

Reid says he had commitments from 9 Republicans to vote for Omnibus but they walked away from it.

Well, they may not be committed to fiscal discipline but it seems they are scared. That's good enough.

On the downside...Reid is filing cloture on DADT and DREAM Act. He's likely to get DADT passed.

On the floor now...McCain and Mark Kirk are gloating over the death of the Omnibus. Kirk asked McCain, "Did we win?" McCain said yes in an oblique, not rub it in kind of way.

Apparently the GOP put together another letter that they all signed saying, 'no'. And so it died.

Now McCaskill is whining about how the GOP is taking all the credit for this. Heh. This is delicious.

I didn't see what McConnell said but it's got Democrats pissed off, so that's a good thing.

You have to give McConnell credit, he's held the caucus together on taxes and the budget.

Conservatives will probably lose on DADT repeal, so the big fight is DREAM Act.

Related: House passes rule and is now debating tax cut deal. It sounds like there will be no change except to perhaps allow a separate vote on the Death Tax and the overall package.

It will pass later tonight.

Added: As Mr. Wolf would say, let's not partake of the sodomy just yet.

It's great to kill earmarks but as a budget matter they aren't even a rounding error. Now that big spending decisions will be pushed over until the GOP has the House and more votes in the Senate, we need to do more...CUT SPENDING.

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