The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Senate (and) HOUSE to vote on shutdown (and) debt limit deal TODAY (October 16, 2013)” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/compromise-or-collapse–lawmakers-eye-breakthrough-on-debt–spending-150123572.html).
“Just a day before the federal government reaches its borrowing limit, SENATE leaders announced on Wednesday (October 16 2013) that they have struck a deal to reopen the government and avert a POTENTIALLY (?) cataclysmic default on U.S. debt payments“. A US default wouldn’t be “potentially cataclysmic”. This WILL DEFINITELY BE “cataclysmic” and even CATASTROPHIC/DISASTROUS/APOCALYPTIC.
“The final package, unveiled by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor, would fund the government through Jan. 15 (2014) and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7 (2014)”. OK, we now have more time, but this is still NOT LOTS of time. IF the current arrangement passes in THE HOUSE and again this is NOT a guarantee, the government will be funded for THREE more months and the debt ceiling would only be raised a little longer than that, so this is still NO TIME TO RELAX.
More specifically, McConnell said: “This has been a LONG, CHALLENGING few weeks for Congress and for the country”. WHOSE FAULT IS THAT? “It’s my HOPE that today (October 16, 2013) we can put some of the MOST URGENT issues behind us“. Have we ADDRESSED these “urgent issues” or have we once again KICKED THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD?
“Earlier on Wednesday (October 16, 2013), there was concern that Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who staged a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor to protest the federal health care law, would use a procedural tactic to block a vote on the deal. But after the announcement, Cruz told reporters that he WOULD NOT move to deter the bill’s progress through the chamber“. REALLY? WOW. “I have no objections to the timing and the reason is simple. There’s nothing to be gained from delaying this vote (for) one day or two days. THE OUTCOME WILL BE THE SAME. Every senator, every member of the House is going to have to make a decision where he or she stands, but THERE’S NO BENEFIT“. HE SHOULD’VE REALIZED THIS WHEN HE TALKED FOR 21 HOURS. This is clearly the latest chapter of Ted Cruz’s ANTICS. “I’VE NEVER HAD ANY INTENTION (?) of delaying the timing of this vote“. REALLY? After talking for 21 hours?
“At the White House, the deal drew a warm welcome from Obama, who “applauds” Reid and McConnell “for WORKING TOGETHER TO FORGE THIS COMPROMISE (?) ” and hopes Congress will pass it “AS SOON AS POSSIBLE”, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said”. Reid and McConnell surely AREN’T “working together” very often.
Finally, “at his daily briefing, Carney told reporters”: ““He looks forward to Congress ACTING (?) so that he can sign legislation that will RE-OPEN THE GOVERNMENT and will REMOVE THIS THREAT from our economy”. Again, when was the last time “Congress (acted)” in doing anything MEANINGFUL?
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Senate (and) House to vote on shutdown, debt limit deal today”. Passage is likely in the DEMOCRATICALLY-controlled SENATE. However since there are SO MANY TEA PARTY members in THE HOUSE WHETHER OR NOT ANYTHING WILL BE PASSED THERE IS ANYONE’S GUESS