The TanMan is ‘Tania’ – Tea-Publican economic terrorists to reject Senate plan

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

In an earlier post, I posed the question:

Will the TanMan waive the so-called "Hastert Rule" and allow a vote
on the Senate bill in the House to fund the government and to raise the
federal debt ceiling to prevent an economic disaster and to do "what's
in the best interest of our country"?

Or will the TanMan continue to side with the Tea Party economic terrorists holding him hostage in a classic case of Stockholm syndrome?
Will "Tania" give the Tea Party economic terrorists what they want —
the destruction of the federal government and the U.S. and world
economy?

The question has now been answered by "Tania," who is siding with the radical Tea Party economic terrorists. Ed Kilgore reports at the Political Animal blog, House Wants More Obamacare Concessions:

WileyCoyoteEarly reports on what House Republicans might offer as a “new volley”
of demands as the debt limit breach approaches centered on a
reiteration of the very short-term debt limit and appropriations
extensions that were sent to the White House over the weekend only to be
rejected. But now it seems clear that a determination to obtain more
Obamacare concessions is the main difference between House and Senate GOP conferences, according to WaPo’s Montgomery and Helderman:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif,) said the new House plan was
designed to be attractive to Democrats, because it would follow key
timelines that have been established in the Senate negotiations —
funding government agencies until Jan. 15, for example, and raising the
debt ceiling until Feb. 7.

But the plan would also include a two-year repeal of the
medical device tax, and a provision eliminating the employer health-care
contribution for members of Congress and White House officials,
provisions that are likely to generate strenuous opposition. The House
bill would also require income verification for individuals and families
receiving subsidies for health insurance…. [This is a "poison pill" provision Democrats will reject]

A battle also was raging over a GOP demand to deny Treasury
Secretary Jack Lew the use of special measures to extend his borrowing
power past Feb. 7. Republicans want to ensure a firm deadline for the
next debt-limit increase, with no wiggle room for Treasury Department
accountants. But Democratic lawmakers and the White House were flatly
refusing to give up that flexibility to manage the nation’s finances,
aides said.

Unless this House bill is designed to provide cover for conservatives
before the chamber as a whole (either through Republican votes or a
bipartisan coalition) caves to the Senate, this “volley” shows the
desire of conservatives for Obamacare flesh is the big sticking point,
and it’s not at all clear how many right-wing votes the Vitter Amendment
and a medical device tax repeal will attract.

And in a later post, Kilgore writes Two Ways House Proposal Won’t Fly:

As an update to my last post,
here are two separate ways the House GOP proposal with its minimization
of policy concessions could crash and burn: (1) Senate Democrats and
the White House could reject it on grounds that any concessions
accompanying a deal must be reciprocal
lest they reward GOP hostage-taking, or (2) House conservatives could
insist on adding concessions to shorten the distance they’ve retreated
during this whole fiasco.

The first pitfall is very real; Greg Sargent reports House Democratic leadership spox Chris van Hollen as rejecting it out of hand
as an effort to undermine the “bipartisan” Senate plan, which has yet
to be finalized.
On the other hand, if as some suggest the Senate deal
will not ultimately include a repeal of the Obamacare reinsurance
tax—being generally recorded as a concession to Democrats—then it’s hard
call it “bipartisan” while the House proposal is “unilateral.”

A more deadly threat to a House-Senate convergence is probably the talk swirling around House GOP circles
that conservatives will demand a revival of broad “conscience clause”
exemptions for businesses from Obamacare’s contraception coverage
mandate
, which were in the very first House GOP proposal back before the
government shutdown. That’s a big deal-breaker with Democrats in both
chambers and in the White House. If conservatives get behind that
demand, it’s another way of saying Boehner doesn’t have the votes for
his proposal, and will have to rely on Democratic votes for passage.
And if that’s the case, he might as well just go along with the Senate
proposal, which would shorten the end-game by several crucial days.

How the financial markets respond in the next 24 hours to this brinkmanship with default is critical. We are already in the danger zone where mistakes can cost billions of dollars. The GOP is adding to the national debt.

UPDATE: The National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru reports the House may pass its fiscal proposal and then leave town. Also, Politico reports
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
(R-VA) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) are discussing
"voting on their bill and, if it passes, leaving town — a bid to try to
force the Senate’s hand."

UPDATE: Sahil Kapur reports the TanMan may not even have the votes for his House alternative to the Senate plan. Chaos In The House: GOP Plan Tanks Fast:

House Republican leaders scrambled Tuesday after conservatives
criticized their new plan to avert default. Just two days away from the
deadline, it quickly hit turbulence with lawmakers concerned about the
lack of spending cuts and upfront debt reduction.

* * *

[T]he White House rejected it as a "ransom" demand.

"The
President has said repeatedly that Members of Congress don't get to
demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a
budget and pay the nation's bills," said White House spokeswoman Amy
Brundage. "Unfortunately, the latest proposal from House Republicans
does just that in a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea
Party Republicans who forced the government shutdown in the first
place."

Senate Democratic leadership also dismissed the GOP proposal.

"Let's be clear: the House legislation will not pass the Senate," said
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). "I'm very disappointed in
John Boehner, who has once again tried to preserve his role ahead of
what's good for the country."

UPDATE: The New York Times now reports, House G.O.P. Backs Off Plan, Leaving Fiscal Talks in Limbo:

About two hours after the plan was presented Tuesday morning, Republican
leaders backed off it. Speaker John A. Boehner told reporters that
there were “no decisions about what exactly we will do.”

* * *

The apparent disarray left Mr. Boehner with a crucial decision to make
as time ticked down toward a possible default on government obligations
on Thursday: to accept whatever bipartisan plan emerges from the Senate,
most likely on Tuesday, or to continue to try to get House Republicans
in line behind a counterproposal.

UPDATE: National Review and Politico both report that a House bill will be pushed through to the floor on Tuesday night. House GOP leadership has no idea whether it has the votes to pass. In any event, the House bill is DOA in the Senate. House GOP leaders scramble to pass plan. If the House bill somehow passes, POLITICO is standing by its earlier reporting that House GOP leadership is discussing
"voting on their bill and, if it passes, leaving town — a bid to try to
force the Senate’s hand."

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