Stop us if you have heard this one before: House Republican leadership spent the day struggling to find the votes for a partisan measure instead of reaching across the aisle to find agreement on a bill that can pass the Senate and be signed into law.
The Washington Post outlines Speaker Boehner’s chronic dilemma:
“According to WaPo’s Lori Montgomery, Boehner’s walk-back from a plan that seemed solid enough for the White House to release an official condemnation of it was due to worries that Boehner and the Republican leadership simply couldn’t wrangle the 217 votes they needed from within their own ranks to pass it. ‘The discussion was how to make the plan better, so I don’t know what the plan ultimately will be,’ Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) told the Post’s Jackie Kucinich.”
“Sound familiar? It should. Go back to the first few days of 2013 when Boehner’s proposed ‘Plan B’ counteroffer on the fiscal cliff couldn’t come close to winning the necessary support from his fellow House Republicans. Or when the original farm bill failed due to a revolt among the most conservative elements within the House GOP. Or when the plan backed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Boehner to allow a vote to repeal Obamacare and keep the government open was tanked by, you guessed it, the same group of conservative House Republicans.”
“The math simply doesn’t add up — time and again for Boehner. If he loses somewhere between 30 and 50 Republicans on any vote viewed as a compromise with the White House and Senate Democrats, he must find somewhere between a dozen and three dozen Democratic votes to make up the difference.”
Well, we’d like to remind Speaker Boehner (once again) there’s a solution: House Democrats are willing to work on a bipartisan basis to reopen the government and pay America’s bills. Instead of wasting time – which is running short – the House GOP to should put country before party and abandon partisan measures that are putting the American economy at risk.