In Vermont, meanwhile, the Republican and Democratic parties are trading barbs in defense of their national counterparts and their roles in the slightly more imminent threat of a government shutdown.
The object of Debt Ceiling Hockey is to get the puck into the opposing team’s net. The goalie for the Holy Donkeys was Barack Obama, but being a tall, slim man, he wasn’t well suited for this position.
“This is not a solution I would have preferred, but the compromise finally reached by the White House and congressional leaders puts common sense and the national interest above partisanship and ideology.”
McDonald: “Behind the leadership of Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell, we have taken strong steps towards reining in out-of-control spending and getting America’s fiscal house back in order.”
Vermont’s congressional delegation is split on the so-called Reid-McConnell deal. Sen. Patrick Leahy reluctantly supports the bill. Sanders opposes it, and Welch voted against the debt-ceiling plan.
A my-way-or-no-way faction in the other body has had no qualms about playing Russian Roulette with our entire economy and with every American family in it.
Accountability, not false equivalency, should be mainstream media’s primary focus in debt ceiling coverage.
The Speaker unnecessarily stripped the Faster FOIA Act from S.627, completely replacing the language with the budget bill.
Congress is on track to give the American people exactly what they don’t want: major cuts in the most important programs that the middle class needs and wants, and no sacrifice from the wealthy and the powerful.
It’s not that McConnell can’t work with our president. It’s that he doesn’t WANT to work with our president. McConnell and Boehner never offered a peep of resistance to financing two wars off the books to the tune of over $3 trillion. They went along when former President Bush raised the debt ceiling numerous times. But now it’s a problem.
It’s time to recognize what compromise means: no side wins or loses all. The real winner of compromise is not either fighting party — it is the American people.
Leahy: “The House bill denies authority to meet the Nation’s obligations until Congress passes a type of constitutional amendment that will actually make it more difficult to reduce our national debt. That kind of constitutional blackmail has no place in a democracy, and no place in our laws.”
Welch: “America is now at the doorstep of default. We cannot allow the extreme wing of the majority party to pull the trigger on the default gun.”
“Even the highest-rated states, including Vermont, would have their ratings reviewed next week in light of the continued U.S. debt ceiling debate,” said State Treasurer Beth Pearce.