Wait A Minute, The Boehner Plan Includes The McConnell Plan?

Presuming this is true in the current iteration of his plan that Speaker Boehner is pushing, not even a requirement that a balanced budget amendment be passed should be enough of a pot sweetener for conservatives.

House Republicans want their deficit reduction up front and are refusing to consider taxes. But once Boehner’s targets are met, his bill shows a new flexibility by embracing a structure first introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that works to the president’s advantage.

Under McConnell’s approach, lawmakers would no longer approve each debt increase but instead vote on resolutions of disapproval. As a practical matter that frees Obama of the conservatives in the House, since he can veto any future resolution of disapproval and use the Senate Democrats to block any attempt to override him.

So House conservatives voting for the Boehner plan would be voting to make themselves irrelevant in future debt cap debates?

That’s not a good deal.

Update: Apparently Senate Democrats were already pushing a fusion of the Boehner/McConnell plans:

Under the possible compromise, Congress could still get a second crack at voting on the debt limit within months. But rather than linking the vote to Congress approving the recommendations of a new 12-member committee — as it would be in Boehner’s bill — Democrats prefer McConnell’s proposal that allows President Barack Obama to lift the debt ceiling unless two-thirds of both chambers override his veto of a disapproval resolution, the officials said.

To force action on a deficit reduction package, the White House would agree to strengthen the mechanism that compels Congress to pass the special committee’s recommendations, the officials said. The officials would not detail proposals for a so-called trigger that acts as an incentive for both parties to bargain in good faith and reach agreement.

Be it a sort of “super Congress” or the punt over to Obama that McConnell favors, it’s a bad deal for conservatives.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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