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Read the Reid Debt Bill -- Vote This Afternoon

July 30, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The House is scheduled this afternoon to vote on Senate Majority Harry Reid’s debt ceiling bill, which you can find here:

H.R.2693 — Budget Control Act of 2011

The full text is here. It’s a good read. I promise.

Because of the procedure under which the Reid bill is being taken up, it’s guaranteed to fail. Rep. Dreier, the House Rules Committee Chair, has put the bill on the suspensions calendar, which means there will be no amendments allowed, no motions to recommit, and a 2/3rds majority required for passage. The suspensions calendar is typically reserved for non-controversial stuff that is going to pass easily, like naming post offices and honoring sports teams. It’s a way to save time on routine matters — not really a good way to vote on cutting trillions in social spending. This isn’t going to get a 2/3rds majority, and Dreier knows that.

Meanwhile, the Senate is waiting around all day for their motion to proceed to the Reid bill to ripen. The delay is because Senate Republicans yesterday did not agree to proceed to the bill under unanimous consent. Their objections means that Reid had to file for cloture on the bill, which takes one calendar day plus one hour to ripen, and that the bill will need 60 votes to be approved, not a simple majority of 51. Senate Dems don’t have 60 votes for the bill, so it’s going to fail. The vote is expected at 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Also, read Dave Dayen on what the endgame is shaping up to look like.  

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Comments

  • nancym 07/30/2011 7:26pm

    I can’t wait til all those soldiers come back from Afghanistan over the coming year or so. If you think the public is angry about this now, think of those guys dodging bullets for America and finding out they might not be able to pay their mortgages back home because of a bunch of jokers in Congress. See the network news tonight with the scenes of our troops asking the general what the heck is up with this.

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  • 1trouble47 07/30/2011 8:43pm

    I’m 64-years old and have been paying into FICA since I was 16-years old when I first started working. What the HELL has the government done with all that money they have taken from us (with no choice on our parts) since 1936? Myself and 80 million other retired people were supposed to be guaranteed a monthly income after retiring. Also, how about all the retired military who defended this country through all the wars????

    I saw a quote from a politician yesterday online that there are 70 to 80 million people on Social Security, they couldn’t or wouldn’t give the number of retired military or military people overseas keeping our country safe in wars we probably shouldn’t even be involved in that may not be paid next week.

    Are our politicians in Congress asking for a revolution?

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  • georgem 08/04/2012 10:08am

    Where is all the no raising the debt ceiling from baggers? Time for some new bags to replace the two faced bags. This is bipartison also, the GOP and Baggers.
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