In a vote 54-46, the Senate voted to table the House spending bill. There was no discussion, no debate. In other words, no compromise at all from Senate Democrats.

The Washington Times reports:

The 54-46 vote officially tabled both proposals the House GOP passed early Sunday morning, one of which would have funded the government while delaying the health law for a year, and the other of which would have repealed one of the Affordable Care Act's tax increases.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bundled both of those proposals into a single vote, which made it easier to round up the support to kill them.

Now the measure returns to the House, where Republicans have said they are considering several options to keep the government open past midnight Monday while also making a dent in Obamacare. Earlier in the day Republicans complained that they weren't getting the bill back from the Senate early enough.

Here's the breakdown on the vote:

Alphabetical by Senator Name
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Ayotte (R-NH), Nay
Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
Boozman (R-AR), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Chiesa (R-NJ), Nay
Coats (R-IN), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Coons (D-DE), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
Cruz (R-TX), Nay
Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Fischer (R-NE), Nay
Flake (R-AZ), Nay
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Nay
Hirono (D-HI), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Johnson (R-WI), Nay
Kaine (D-VA), Yea
King (I-ME), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Nay
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Lee (R-UT), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Yea
Markey (D-MA), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Moran (R-KS), Nay
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Nay
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schatz (D-HI), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Scott (R-SC), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Warren (D-MA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

Reid and Obama have absolutely no reason to compromise and I say the Republican leadership should remain locked and stand their ground and not compromise any further.

However, the word is that Obama was to have at least met with House leadership to discuss the issue and it was Reid that stepped in, playing hardball, and urged Obama to not meet with them. Politico reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been the most ardent proponent of President Barack Obama taking a hard line with House Republicans in the latest fiscal crisis engulfing Washington.

And so far, Reid is getting his way.

When the president considered sitting down with the four congressional leaders in the White House ahead of the deadline to avert a government shutdown, Reid privately urged Obama to call off the meeting, according to several people familiar with the situation. Reid believed that it would amount to nothing more than a photo-op that would give the false impression that a serious negotiation was occurring, even warning he wouldn't attend such a session. Obama scrapped it.

If there are any of the leadership of the House Republicans that actually read this post (which I'm doubtful of), let me let you in on a little something. The Democrats expect the House to continue to compromise and they aren't giving them an inch, so I advise the House don't give them anything. Do you know how I know this? Listen to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as he extols the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"He's been the rock … and he's had our whole caucus behind him," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a close Reid ally who spoke with the majority leader nine times on Saturday afternoon. "Because if we negotiate on a short-term [government funding bill], what are [Republicans] going to do on a long-term bill? What are they going to do on the debt ceiling?"

"We are not going to negotiate on this," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said after the vote.

"We are not going to mess around with Obamacare, no matter what they do," said Reid.

"Understand we are dealing with anarchists," said Reid. "They hate government."

They see you coming and know each time they send the bill back to the House, Republicans will compromise more, eventually caving and funding Obamacare, but not before a government shutdown takes place. Wait and see.

This is exactly why people like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and his deceptive letter about voting to defund Obamacare aren't going to fly with many of us. Instead of fighting this thing in the beginning last week, they chided their fellow senate Republicans for making a big deal with a 21+ hour talk on the Senate floor. We know exactly what senate Republicans, who voted for cloture were doing. Senator Ted Cruz had already told us what that vote amounted to.

Frankly, I don't like having to call out Republicans, but hey, if you can't stand up and do the right thing, perhaps you don't need to be in the position you are in, and you need to step aside and let someone who believes in their principles take your seat, whether that is in the House or the Senate.

Many Republicans believe that the chamber of Congress holding the continuing resolution when time expires will be blamed for the government shutdown. As Matt Fuller writes at Rollcall, "Aides indicated that the House is expected to work late into the night — even early into the morning — to send the Senate yet another proposal that would amend the continuing resolution with some sort of GOP policy priority. Part of the calculus from House leaders seems to be a belief that whichever chamber holds the CR during a shutdown will hold the blame. Indeed, House Republicans hope to frame any shutdown as a matter of Senate inaction."

However, now that the senate has voted, the ball is back in the House's court.

Guy Benson commented that Reid's strategy in all of this is pretty simple, "If Democrats give even a few small concessions on a short-term stopgap funding measure, Republicans will demand even bigger concessions to avoid a debt default in mid-October. Since Republicans have been engulfed in an intraparty war over how far to take a shutdown threat, Reid and his top lieutenants are convinced that the political backlash from a shutdown would be devastating to the GOP, potentially costing them their majority in the House."

I agree that is what they think. However, as history has shown, that is not necessarily the case. In fact, when it occurred under Bill Clinton, Republicans actually picked up seats in Congress.

In either case, it looks like the House and possibly the Senate are in for a very long night.

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