The Republican leadership is determined to cut spending-in 2017 it seems. Senator Mitch McConnell led several other GOP senators to vote for raising a “clean” debt ceiling today. This comes on top of House Speaker John Boehner joining a very small group of Republicans to tip the balance in his chamber and do the same.
This latter vote in the House was accomplished by a solid Democratic front supplemented by a few members of the GOP leadership and budget chairs. Quelle surprise. So much for the “Boehner Rule.”
Harry Reid describes this as Republicans “regaining their grip on sanity,” which is damning with faint praise.