At 7:45 on Friday morning reports indicated zero senate republicans were planning on voting for the Ryan-Murray House budget proposal. The GOP's Senate leaders plan is to launch a procedural effort to kill the plan over a laundry list of objections – including a claim that it short-changes military veterans and other government retirees, which is does, of course.
Dick (turban) Durbin told reporters on Thursday, "We need Republican votes to pass the budget agreement, period. We need at least five. And I'm hoping that there will be more than that." As of Friday morning he had none.
The GOP's three most senior senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have announced that they will vote 'no.'
As one would expect, Senator Ted Cruz said the proposal, "spends more, taxes more, and allows continued funding for Obamacare. I cannot support it." Thanks Paul Ryan, for selling us out, and lying to Mark Levin on national radio about it.
One GOP Senate staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity said, "This is the agreement's 'pixie dust approach to budgeting. We're doing what we always do. We set out a ten-year plan while knowing full well that we have a decade to undo it and shift gears again."
Unless they can somehow find the republican senators they need, the federal government will be headed for another dreaded "SHUTDOWN" (dun-dun-dun) in three months.
That was Friday morning.
My how things change in the backrooms at the Senate in a matter of hours.
At approximately 10:00 Friday night, Politico reported:
"With 53 Democrats and two independents expected to back the measure, four Republicans — John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Richard Burr of North Carolina — said that they would vote to cut off debate on the budget, putting proponents just one vote shy of advancing the measure to final passage."
WOW! Didn't see that one coming, eh?
"Several additional GOP senators signaled Friday that they may also vote to advance the deal, including Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John Hoeven of North Dakota, giving proponents new confidence that a messy and acrimonious first session of the 113th Congress appears close to ending just before Christmas."
Yeah! We sure wouldn't want to spoil the honorable Senators' Christmas, now would we?
Several GOP senators said while they may oppose the underlying bill, they would join with Democrats on Tuesday's procedural vote to advance the measure for a final up-or-down vote.
To paraphrase the words of the anonymous staffer, "This is too, what they always do." Several dirtbag senators will claim they are against something, then vote to end all debate. That shuts down any opposition. Then, these dirtbag republicans get together with the dirtbag democrats (which is all of them) and figure out who is "safe" enough to vote with the democrats on the final up-or-down vote.
After they know they have enough dirtbags on board, the rest of the not-so-safe republicans, such as Mitch McConnell, will vote no. Easy Peasy. Mitch can then have a press conference and whine and moan about how the budget was a bad deal. He wished he could have held the party together on this one. But he voted "no," which makes him a true conservative and a standup guy.
To paraphrase John McCain, "And that, my friends, is how it's done!"
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