Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shutdown Update

I'm feeling very much that I'm the blogger crying wolf...but I'll say once again what I said two weeks ago about the possibility of the short-term funding bill failing in the House. In fact, I might as well just quote myself:
I have no predictions about how it plays out, but it's very easy to see this thing falling apart. And given the difficulties that Boehner's team has had counting votes so far, it wouldn't be a shock to see it collapse during the vote.
There's obviously a lot going on so budget stuff isn't getting a lot of play, but the fact that Republican Study Committee Chair Jim Jordan said he's going to oppose the extension could be a very big deal. The same things that I (and Stan Collender) were wondering about then still applies now: if Republicans don't have the votes to pass this thing, will Democrats bail them out? How many Republicans are willing to stand with John Boehner and against Tea Partiers?

As far as the numbers...on the last, two-week, extension, only six Republicans voted no, while the Democrats split 104/85. As Felicia Sonmez notes (see link above), 176 Republicans are RSC members, so if they all oppose the CR it's not going to pass. Even if they split evenly, a relatively small shift among Democrats could doom it. So again, I have no predictions, other than to just point out that this is a very volatile vote -- a quick swing against it is a strong possibility.

If they do manage to get the three-week extension done, it sure looks as if we're at the end of that particular road. Given that sooner or later there's eventually going to have to be a deal, I suppose it's not impossible that one will be reached to prevent a shutdown in three weeks, but it's sure hard to see how that happens.

1 comment:

  1. I think there are three possibilities, all of which start with the Dems asking for a funding bill that is more to their liking. Then the possibilities are (a) Republicans agree to some of what the Dems are asking for, and we end up with a coalition carved from the middle; (b) Republicans say no and Dems capitulate (bail them out); or (c) Republicans say no, Dems hold, and we have a temporarory shutdown before one of the two parties gives and we end up with (a) or (b). I would put my money on (a), but if both parties think a short term shutdown will end up helping them in 2012, we may end up with (c).


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