The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said Thursday night that he was abandoning efforts to pass a $1.2 trillion spending measure to finance the government through Sept. 30 because Republicans would not support it.
Mr. Reid said he would work with the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, on a stop-gap spending bill instead. Senate Republicans also said they would not support a House-passed temporary spending measure running through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Instead, they want to develop a separate measure running only through the early part of next year.
At that point, Republicans will control a majority in the House and six additional seats in the Senate, giving them greater leverage over any spending decisions.Reid will be pushing forward with pre-Christmas votes on DADT, New START, DREAM Act, and other legislation.
For the first time in my adult life, Harry Reid has failed, utterly.
What does this mean for the $1 billion slated for Obamacare start-up costs? It's history in the new House, and sets up another confrontation when the House produces a budget effectively defunding Obamacare in its infancy.
Will Reid threaten another government shutdown over, or will Obama refuse to sign, a budget that does not fund a penny in Obamacare costs? Stay tuned for a few months.
Updates to follow. (Searching for Irish jig dance video.)
Update: Why am I searching for an Irish jig? Here's how we celebrate:
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