With The Senate Back, The House Embarks On Votes Sure To Fail
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The House will undertake a vote today that they know will be blocked in the Senate. So, now what?
From Punchbowl News:
The House will vote today on a short-term government funding bill coupled with language to hike the debt limit until 2022. Republicans are going to block this in the Senate. If you still think GOP senators are going to cave, we can’t help you. Republicans from Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) made it very clear on Monday they were in lockstep with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in blocking a debt limit hike.
So what’s Plan B? Glad you asked — because we did too. It is an obvious question and no one has an answer.
We asked Pelosi Monday evening what will happen if Senate Republicans block the combo CR-debt limit bill Democrats have proposed.
“Well, let’s hope they won’t,” Pelosi responded to us. When we noted that Republicans have repeatedly said they’re going to reject it, including again on Monday, she said, “Well, let’s hope they don’t.” They will.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said this when asked about a Plan B: “Not that I know of.” Clyburn repeated that line again as he entered the House chamber.
The Democrats have an obvious fallback here: They can add a debt-limit increase to the reconciliation package by amending the budget resolution. This would be very time consuming, but it’s doable. This tactic would trigger two Senate “vote-a-ramas” and would need to kick into gear sometime in the next few weeks to meet the mid-October deadline for raising the debt limit.
“The speaker has been pretty adamant about not doing it that way,” House Budget Committee John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told us.
Pelosi told us this: “We put out our path in the continuing resolution.” In other words, she’s not forcefully ruling it out, but not yet conceding that it is the likely path.