Bad news gets worse.
The news leaking out of Washington is not good. Not only is there apparently a compromise that does not really do anything to stop out of control government spending, the Party of Treason may score a major coup by slashing defense spending.
Washington – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has signed off on a tentative debt-ceiling compromise, saying he hopes lawmakers can finalize a deal and move to a vote as early as Sunday.
At the same time, concerns were spreading on the conservative side that the emerging plan could cut too deeply into defense spending, raising questions about whether the framework can attract enough bipartisan support.
One congressional source said the deal is not yet sealed. But Reid, becoming the first congressional leader to publicly endorse the plan, said late Sunday afternoon through a spokesman that he had signed off on it "pending caucus approval."
With pressure intensifying to produce a bill that can somehow sail through both chambers in the next two days, leaders on both sides are now scrambling to not only finalize the package but loop in their rank-and-file members.
Already, liberal groups and lawmakers were raising alarm about the possibility of entitlement cuts in the package. But as Reid tried to build support on the Democratic side, GOP leaders were dealing with mounting concerns from party conservatives about possible defense cuts.
Under the framework, the plan would immediately cut spending by about $900 billion over the next decade, and then task a commission to recommend another set of cuts that would, taken together, add up to the size of the debt-ceiling increase. Importantly, a "trigger" in the proposal would automatically enact across-the-board cuts to Medicare, defense and other areas if the committee's recommendations are not approved by the end of the year. However, sources said defense cuts would make up roughly half of those cuts.
One Republican source warned that a "large bloc" of GOP lawmakers would oppose the deal if those cuts are too deep, noting that there are dozens of Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee alone who "agree with the unanimous chorus from senior military leadership -- we're at the bare minimum for (defense) spending without deeply damaging an already stressed force."
The only government agency the Party of Treason ever wants to cut is defense. Every other program is sacred to them, no matter how ineffective or wasteful the program is.
The leaders may reach a “compromise” but it is not worth the paper it is written on if they cannot sell it to their members. While I generally don’t care what liberals think, in this case, there may be enough no votes from the far left to help conservatives kill a really bad deal.
One thing John “white flag of surrender” Boehner should know. No deal is better than a bad deal.
...I DON'T think that's exactly correct, Debbie... 18 states' have recall capabilities, and in my research a year or so ago when trying to get "recall" in my state, I know of no limitations that prevent recalling Senators or Representatives... I don't know if Boehner and McConnell are from those states' ~ regardless, you are correct in that it won't happen.
When is someone going to start recall or whatever we can do?
Boehner has to step down. The GOP is going to give away everything the voters ask them not to do. The country will lose it's rating anyway so why not go for a new tax code. A new tax code could stop outside special interest from corrupting our government. A fair tax or falt tax would cut the IRS down to size. Everyone would pay taxes. So those who don't could stop saying raise taxes.
...well said, Mike. THOSE on the Left always want to cut the military... and the more dangerous the world becomes, the more they want to cut!