Just shut the whole thing down, republicans.
The odious bastard from Nevada is at it again. Time for the cowardly assed republicans to call his bluff. You’re going to be blamed anyway, so there’s really nothing to lose.
From The Daily Caller.com
Reid: No negotiations with GOP on government funding, debt ceiling
WASHINGTON — If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gets his way, Republicans will get no concessions in exchange for continuing to fund the government past Monday and raising the debt ceiling in mid-October.
Reid doubled down on his promise not to negotiate on either subject in a press conference Thursday, saying: “We’re not going to play their game.”
The government will shut down on Tuesday if the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate cannot reach an agreement to continue funding it. The sticking point is Obamacare, which gets defunded in the government funding bill passed by the House.
The Senate intends to strip out that provision, and send it back to the House, by which point, as a result of Senate rules, Republicans will have precious little time to agree to it or send back a counter offer.
Reid said the Senate would pass a government funding bill that had no other provisions attached, period.
“We want a clean [government funding bill]. That’s what we’re gonna get,” Reid said.
Reid said he had not spoken to Speaker of the House John Boehner on the subject and that there was no need for him to do so.
“Send us a clean [funding bill], clean debt ceiling, that’s the path forward. There’s no need for conversations. We’ve spoken loudly clearly, and we have the support of the President of the United States,” Reid said.
He added that even if the House were to send back the government funding bill with an attachment that repealed the medical device tax, something that both Democrats and Republicans dislike — Reid referred to it as “that stupid tax” in the press conference — that the Senate would not agree to the bill, saying that was an issue that should be tackled in separate legislation, when the government was not on the verge of a shutdown.
“Senator Reid thinks the idea of attaching the medical device tax repeal to the CR or the debt ceiling is ‘stupid,’” a Reid spokesman clarified in a statement later. “Senator Reid supports the medical device tax, and his position is clear from his record: he voted for the medical device tax in the Affordable Care Act and against repealing it during the budget debate earlier this year. His position has not changed, and the Senate will reject any CR that includes a repeal of the medical device tax. If the House wants to avoid a Republican government shutdown, they should pass a clean CR. Period.”
New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said that if the House did not agree to that plan moving forward, it would be responsible for a government shutdown.
“If they at this late hour send us a [funding bill] that’s not clean, they are shutting the government down. There’s virtually no way that we can undo that in time for a government shutdown,” he told reporters after the press conference.
On the debt ceiling, Reid gave a flat “no” when asked if he would be willing to consider any of the possible things Republicans were asking for in exchange for voting to raise the debt ceiling, like a go-ahead for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Even if Republicans offered to lift the sequester cuts for a period, Reid said there would be no debate, “as much as we dislike the senseless sequestration, we despise it, is is senseless.”
I really cannot say I’m surprised to hear this coming out of the vilest sonofabitch to EVER foul the Senate halls. And, why should he “negotiate” ?
There is no question in my mind Reid, with the help of the usual putrid repub suspects, has enough votes for cloture. And, more than likely to pass any bill they want. The House republicans need to take the noxious Reid at his word.
OK, he will not negotiate. FINE. Send him the SAME bill you have now EVERY DAMN DAY. A clean bill he wants? WHEN was the LAST, FIRST, or ONLY time the goddamned democrats EVER sent Bush a “clean bill”? Let the stupid government shut down. What the hell good is it doing anyway?
It will not matter a hill of beans what the republicans do, the lying assed liberal lapdogs of the Obamamedia will blame the repubs, Obama will blame the repubs, the rest of the damnable democrats will blame the repubs, so why bother giving the odious prick what HE wants?
Republicans, especially YOU, Boehner, now is the time to show Americans if you are the party of LIMITED government, or mere stooges to the democrats. IF you want to see the republican party survive as a viable alternative to the democrats, THIS is your last chance.
Blow this one, in the name of “bipartisanship”, you can say hello to the WHIGS, who did the SAME stupid shit YOU are doing now, way back when. If you have ANY knowledge of history, you need to realize YOU are on the same path.
Do the RIGHT thing, NOW, 2014 could look a lot like 2010. Abandon republican principles now, you can kiss your ass, and party, goodbye.