It isn’t enough that they are eff’ing us on taxes, now we’re heading into another GOP-led shut down, according to Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!):
“Republican leaders in both houses of Congress face a sticky situation this week as they try to avert a government shutdown: Each side has promised its members things that will not fly in the other chamber. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told moderate Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) he’d support passage of legislation by the end of the year to prop up Obamacare insurance markets — so long as she votes for tax reform. That addition, however, puts Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in a pickle: his members are loath to be seen as bailing out a health care law they hate.
“Ryan, meanwhile, green-lighted a short-term spending strategy that funds the Pentagon but does nothing for Democratic priorities — and suggested House members could leave town to try to ‘jam the Senate’ into accepting their bill. But McConnell needs eight Democrats to pass anything, so the House plan is sure to fail in his chamber. ‘Right now, they’re just headed straight off a cliff,’ one person familiar with the negotiations said of the House. ‘[The] Senate’s not likely to jump with them.’
“Instead of addressing the obvious inconsistencies, GOP leaders have tried to put off the issue and focus on tax reform for now. They’re eager to delay internal spending fights until the tax package — which Republicans view as critical to maintaining their congressional majorities in the 2018 midterm elections — reaches the Oval Office for President Donald Trump’s signature sometime this week.”
I love the way that TBoTP really tries to position that the Billions for Billionaires bill, loathed by most Americans, is actually what is driving them. But I digress.
We’re back at the GOP Kobayashi Maru: Because of arcane Senate Rules amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell needs a super-majority of votes to pass a budget, which means he needs at least eight Democratic senators, which means he has to make deals with the Democrats, probably on Dreamers, Puerto Rico, and yes Healthcare stabilization. He could possibly lose Sen. Collins vote on the Billions for Billionaires, Grandpa Walnuts is unlikely to return to vote, and if the pressure on Crooked Corker becomes so great that to save himself he returns to a HELL NO vote, the tax bill won’t pass.
So what’s likely to happen? Best case scenario, they fund the government for a couple of weeks (the Dims give in). If the Dims can find a remnant of their vestigial spines, the government shuts down. But I don’t see a way that they pass a budget and the tax bill.