Senate GOP Divide on Display in Shutdown Fight

Senate GOP Divide on Display in Shutdown Fight

The normally sleepy Senate chamber crackled with drama on Thursday.

Sen. Bob Corker got so frustrated with Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee on the Senate floor Thursday that the presiding officer—Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin—admonished members that rules require them to refer to each other in the third person.

“It’s my understanding that the reason you don’t want to send a bill over to the House who could possibly put in place some very good policies for us here … is that you want the American people and the outside groups that you’ve been in contact with to be able to watch us tomorrow,” Corker said.

The offending remarks were calling a colleague “you,” but the real offense, in Corker’s view, is one the Senate has been grappling with since Cruz’s 21-hour talk-a-thon in opposition of Obamacare. Continue reading “Senate GOP Divide on Display in Shutdown Fight”

Senate to vote on funding bill, leaving Boehner tough choices

By Alexander Bolton – 09/27/13 05:30 AM ET

The Senate will vote Friday on legislation to keep the government funded, setting up a weekend showdown with the House and tough choices for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has scheduled a series of four votes beginning at 12:30 p.m., one of which will strip language defunding ObamaCare from the stopgap spending measure.

Boehner will have to decide how to respond knowing any substantive changes to the Senate bill heightens the likelihood of a government shutdown.

Senate aides said senators would leave town for the weekend but remain on alert to return to Washington on short notice in case the House acts quickly. Continue reading “Senate to vote on funding bill, leaving Boehner tough choices”