From The Washington Post we have this late Friday night article by Reporters David Fahrenthold and Paul Kane.
It seems the budget situation, the need for both houses of Congress to pass a continuing resolution♠ by Friday night, and for the President to sign it, is all being put on the shoulders of House Speaker John Boehner. I would have thought that the ball was in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's court, where Senator Rand Paul is putting forward troublesome riders.♥ That is to say, the House of Representatives have passed something and are waiting for a response from the Senate.
We all know that the problem is those 75 Freshman House Members. They want to have the budget balanced and the Federal Debt reduced. The idea that they would stand by what they ran on seems strange.
But, if those 75 chaps won't budge, what are their Democratic Party colleagues doing? Sitting on their hands? Are they not willing to compromise with the Republican Leadership in the House to get this Continuing Resolution passed?
Is this all about "optics"?
Regards — Cliff
♠ Here is the short version on Continuing Resolutions. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the US Congress must pass both an Authorization to spend money and an Appropriation of that money and the President must sign both or the Congress must override the veto.
♥ The Senator has "attached an amendment to the small-business re-authorization bill" that has the Senate adopting then Senator Obama's words from the Senate Record in 2007 that the President does not have the "power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."