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December 11, 2014

CRomnibus Drama: With United Democrat Caucus Threatening to Shut Government Down, GOP Establishment Scrambles for Votes

One irony here, as @noahrothman points out, is that the Democrats are making the same sorts of arguments about a shut-down that Republicans did in 2013 -- that is, that they have to shut the government down to forestall a worse outcome -- and, get this, the media has no problems with this sort of progressive-minded shut-down.

The CRomnibus might wind up failing.

A $1.1 trillion bill to keep the government open appeared to be teetering Thursday after House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) announced her opposition and the package narrowly survived a procedural vote.

The House went into recess shortly after 2 p.m. after the debate on the bill had concluded, something that could signal GOP leaders aren't sure they have the votes necessary to pass the bill.

...

Conservative Republicans are balking at the bill, meaning the GOP will need Democratic votes to send it to the Senate.

But liberal Democrats are outraged over language that changes the Wall Street reform law and are demanding that it be stripped from the package.

Pelosi in a floor speech Thursday afternoon harshly criticized the language on Wall Street and a separate provision allowing wealthy political contributors to greatly increase their annual donations to political committees.

"It will not have my support," Pelosi said. "This is a moral hazard. We're being asked to vote for a moral hazard."

Hey remember when the GOP objected to ObamaCare on similar grounds?

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren is adopting the Ted Cruz role of leader urging shutdown.

Is the GOP considering pushing the whole debate off, authorizing only a short-term funding bill for the whole of the government?

I don't see how that addresses the concerns of the anti-amnesty stalwarts. Either way, whether long-term or shorter-term, you're still funding amnesty.


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