HolyCoast: Obama: Pass the Bill NOW! Harry Reid: Maybe Later

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Obama: Pass the Bill NOW! Harry Reid: Maybe Later

There's not a lot of "fierce urgency" in the Senate (from Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt):
Why won't the Democratic Senate rush the bill to a floor vote? Frankly speaking, Reid doesn't have enough Democrats supporting it to pass. He has a 53-47 majority, which means he can only lose three Democrats and then ask Joe Biden to cast a tiebreaker. On Friday, five Democrats in the Senate went on the record opposing the bill as written -- Mark Begich, Jim Webb, Mary Landrieu, and Barbara Mikulski -- and that wasafter a White House rally session. After that story broke, a fifth Democrat publicly announced his opposition to Obama's bill as presented, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, who echoed John Boehner in suggesting that the proposal get broken up into its component pieces for separate floor votes instead. Over the weekend, Joe Manchin became Senate Democrat #6 to announce that he wouldn't back the package. 
The bill will never pass in one piece. And parts of it will never pass at all.

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