Senate Democrats

It’s Now Or Never, Leader McConnell

Washington Post: ‘What Will Mitch McConnell Do?’

WaPo: MCCONNELL HAS BEEN HOLDING OUT FOR THE BOEHNER BILL

“McConnell, to date, has deferred to the House Republican majority to pass a bill — issuing a series of strong statements expressing support for the Boehner legislation.  And, according to aides familiar with McConnell’s thinking, he remains committed to allowing the vote to play out in the House before making any move in the Senate.”  [Washington Post, 7/29/11]

WaPo: ‘HOW LONG CAN MCCONNELL WAIT?’

“The question is how long he can wait. House Republican leaders appear to be doing everything in their power to get the votes they need lined up for a vote Friday on Boehner’s bill.    But, their struggles on Thursday — delaying the vote before postponing it entirely — suggest that there is no simple solution(s) to the problem facing Boehner and the other leaders.” [Washington Post, 7/29/11]

WaPo: ‘PRESSURE WILL MOUNT ON MCCONNELL’ TO STRIKE A DEAL

“If they still can’t pass the bill with the weekend approaching, pressure will mount on McConnell to enter into conversations with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about the possibility of a compromise moving through the upper chamber. … The question for McConnell — and everyone else following this debt ceiling debate closely — is when (and if) he decides to go beyond simply pledging his support for the House plan and begins to negotiate with Reid in his own right.  Given what happened in the House on Thursday night, McConnell may be the best hope all sides have of a compromise deal before next Tuesday’s deadline.” [Washington Post, 7/29/11]

TIME: AS MCCONNELL WAITS, HE HAS ‘WEAKER HAND TO NEGOTIATE’

“A final debt ceiling compromise will likely require a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans to pass the House, and the outspoken conservative wing of the party will not be on board. That could embolden Democrats to seek a more favorable deal, and it leaves Senate Republicans like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with a weaker hand to negotiate.”  [Time Magazine, 7/29/11]

 

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