FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
The Tragic Self Beclowning of Speaker John Boehner
John Boehner is facing a beclowning in the Senate.
Yesterday, Speaker Boehner rammed through the house an ill-conceived, self-defeating budget deal negotiated by Paul Ryan. The he went on to belittle conservative members and groups as “having no credibility” because they criticized the bill without having read it. They hadn’t read it because Boehner moved the bill in the face of his own repeated promise to allow 72 hours for a bill to be examined. He did that because he knew the budget bill was of the “we have to pass the bill to know what’s in it” variety and that were members and activists given 72 hours to examine the bill it would never pass.
While Paul Ryan was sucking up to Patty Murray and lecturing Senator Marco Rubio on “the burden of governing” and Speaker Boehner suffering from tightly wadded panties, someone should have checked with their Senate colleagues to see where they stood.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to vote against the budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a source close to McConnell told Business Insider.
McConnell’s opposition comes to the higher discretionary spending levels set in the deal, which goes against his long-held position that the spending levels under sequestration are the right position for Republicans.
The bill needs to get 60 votes for cloture and that is not assured:
Senate Democrats are on the cusp of securing enough GOP votes to break a filibuster next week on the bipartisan budget, temporarily ending the fiscal crises that have dominated Washington for the past several years. 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.
No matter the final vote on this bill, the fact remains that Boehner broke a vow he made to the American people to cap discretionary spending, he gave his own caucus the bum’s rush because he couldn’t afford to let them read the bill, the Senate Majority Leader has rejected this bill and the only way it will pass is on the votes of a handful of turncoat GOP senators and a solid Democrat bloc.
This is a sorry legacy to leave behind.