House Republicans decided today to allow a vote to increase the debt ceiling for three months, insisting that in the interim the Senate must pass a budget, which the Senate hasn’t done in years.
The previous House position was that there would be no debt ceiling increase unless there are corresponding cuts. But all that went out the window as Republicans decided not to confront a president who has just been reelected and is about to preside over his own coronation while their own popularity ratings are in the dumps.
Do these Republicans ever think more than a move or two ahead? The other day Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the government was finished raising taxes. Sure.
At the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney immediately commenced a victory dance.
We are encouraged that there are signs that Congressional Republicans may back off their insistence on holding our economy hostage to extract drastic cuts in Medicare, education and programs middle class families depend on. Congress must pay its bills and pass a clean debt limit increase without further delay. And as he has said, the President remains committed to further reducing the deficit in a balanced way.
Pay its bills. As if Obama has nothing to do with all the money going out the door. I’m pretty sure he signs the spending bills, but I’ll check the Constitution to see if that’s how it works.