Well, that was a brief victory for the speaker of the House. As expected, the Senate rejected the Boehner plan by a 59-41 vote. All Democrats voted no. Six Republican senators — Lindsey Graham, Jim DeMint, David Vitter, Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch, and Rand Paul — voted against Boehner, opposing the plan from the right. (Note that Hatch must really be worried about a primary challenge.)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t going to allow a cloture vote on his own plan tonight, but Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is already crowing that the modified version is the “only game in town.” Today’s dueling congressional votes could set the table for a Reid-Boehner compromise. But in order for anything to the left of the Boehner plan to pass the House, the Democrats will need to guarantee some votes to offset Republican defections. The current version of the Boehner plan passed without any GOP votes to spare.
Reid and the other leading Democrats, however, don’t sound like they are in a negotiating mood.