Sunday, September 29, 2013


"Early Sunday morning, the House was poised to approve a bill to keep the government open past midnight Monday. But under pressure from Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and other GOP hard-liners, the House amended the bill to include a one-year delay of the health law’s mandates, taxes and benefits — guaranteeing a stalemate with the Democratic Senate. The vote was 231 to 192."                                                                                                                                                                                                         --  Washington Post,  9/29/13 

Don't buy-in to the MSM BS ---  There is much fairer reporting on conservative leaning blogs like "The Daily Caller"  (See some of what I mean below in this post.)

The "very objective reporting" ( this is my own tongue in cheek quote; see the comment immediately following this post for my real impression on it) from the Washington Post continued along the same line of attack on the GOP House leadership, like this: "As the House convened for the rare Saturday session, senior Republicans seemed to recognize the potential consequences of their actions. For now, Boehner’s decision to appease his right wing keeps an uneasy peace in his fractious caucus. But it bodes ill for his ability to work with Democrats to keep the government open, restore funding for federal agencies if a shutdown occurs or — in a few weeks — raise the federal debt limit to avoid a first-ever default on the national debt...." (See "House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown" by L and , 9/29/13 []).

According to an early Sunday AM report in the Daily Caller by Alexis Levinson, "With less than two days left to avoid a government shutdown, the House voted late Saturday night to fund the government — while delaying Obamacare for one year and repealing the medical device tax." This House bill is that chamber's second try at averting the so-called "government shutdown." On Friday, the U.S. Senate had rejected the House of Representatives' first version of the bill by stripping out the provision that defunded Obamacare. It is widely believed that, if the two houses of Congress cannot come to an agreement, a government shut down will occur on Tuesday (See "House votes to fund government, delay Obamacare, repeal medical device tax" by Alexis Levinson, 9/29/13, The Daily Caller []).

The votes on the parts of the bill were reported in the Daily Caller, as follows: "Voting late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, the House voted 231-192 in favor of a one year delay of Obamacare. They voted to repeal the medical device tax by a vote of 248-174, with 17 Democrats voting yes. *** The House also voted unanimously for a bill that would ensure that military personnel continue to get paid in the event of a government shutdown."

According to the same coverage by Daily caller's Alexis Levinson, House Speaker John Boehner made this statement after the vote, “The House has again passed a plan that reflects the American people’s desire to keep the government running and stop the president’s health care law.... Now that the House has again acted, it’s up to the Senate to pass this bill without delay to stop a government shutdown.... Let’s get this done.”

To be expected, Democrats reacted as if they had never seen anything like this in the reported history of the world. In short, they acted like a bunch of weenies, doing a fast burn, crackling and popping off over a hot fire -- or like a bunch clones of their former colleague, Anthony Weiner. 

According to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “To be absolutely clear, the Senate will reject both the one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of the medical device tax...." That is a very vexing position for him and the rest of the Democrats to take, because earlier this year, the Senate had voted 79-20 in favor of repealing that very tax in a vote that was largely symbolic to convey the sentiment of all the Senators on that issue.

1 comment:

Galewyn Massey said...


You've got to love the mainstream media, especially the Washington Post (and of course the NYT, but this is about the WP coverage above).

The only thing "...guaranteeing a stalemate with the Democratic Senate..." are the Democrats in the Senate possibly along with their Establishment RINO allies.