And we turn to the WaPo for our now annual-future hostage-taking, the Debt Ceiling:
[Human typo Steven Mnuchin] is hurtling toward his first fiasco, unable to get Congress, let alone his colleagues in the Trump administration, on board with a strategy to raise the federal limit on governmental borrowing. His struggles are casting doubt on whether the political neophyte, who made his name on Wall Street, has the stature in Washington to press through a vote on a measure that former treasury secretaries of both parties have said is critical to preserving the nation’s reputation for financial stability.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has more (but it was written BEFORE the Trickle-Down Healthcare for Billionaire Tax Cuts died late last night), so it is already out of date, kinda:
Republicans are divided over whether to raise the debt ceiling before the August recess, with senators preferring to act soon and members of the more conservative House reluctant to take the contentious vote before the break.
Senate Republicans have suddenly found themselves in a holding pattern on health care with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) out recovering from surgery. In the meantime, they may turn their attention to the nation’s nearly $20 trillion borrowing authority, which needs to be increased this fall to avoid a devastating default.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is considering work this week on approving President Donald Trump’s nominations, reauthorizing Food and Drug Administration user fees, the annual defense policy bill and veterans legislation allowing vets to access medical care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Senate GOP leaders might attach a debt ceiling increase to the veterans bill — though no final decision has been made and discussions are still largely at the staff level.
Either way, Senate Republicans have made clear they prefer raising the debt ceiling before leaving for recess the second week of August.
CLAIM CHOWDER: Wingnuttia has nothing, Nothing, NOTHING to show the mouth breathers of Possum Hollar for giving them all the branches of government, so I predict caged beasts like Ayatollah Ted will seize the bull by the tail and face the situation and shut down the government. It’s the perfect finale for the end of the first act.