The Ryan budget deal includes a provision that limits the ability of the Senate minority to block tax increases.

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The stupid party: The Ryan budget deal includes a provision that limits the ability of the Senate minority to block tax increases.

The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats’ budget that voids senators’ ability to raise a budget “point of order” against replacing the sequester cuts with tax increases. The process is quite complicated, but in practice it grants Harry Reid the authority to send tax increases to the House with a bare majority, rather than the 60-vote threshold that would be required under a point of order.

In other words, another example of a Republican getting hosed in negotiations.

Though I have read several conservative reports about this deal that outline some of its positive benefits, on the whole it appears to be another defeat for the right.



  • Don

    Insane, that is the Republican House ‘leadership’.

    This deal adds ~$3 trillion to the national debt, thus it needs to be defeated.

    Nor do I believe that the House can limit the Senate’s ability to do something so it appears unconstitutional as well as insane.

  • mpthompson

    Not just a defeat. We kicked the bloody ball into our own damn goal.

  • Publius 2

    Our grandchildren will curse us if we do not bring this out of control Congress to a halt. We need to get their attention. My proposal would be to vote them all out, give their replacements two years of probation, and if they fail to accomplish what needs to be done, vote them out as well. We could hardly do worse.

  • Pzatchok

    Don’t pass a rule that your not willing to let the other side have when they have power.

    I can’t help but think Ryan is setting them up for the great Obama care purge when the republicans retake everything.

    For the democrats to take this rule change in the hopes that they could change it back just before the election is the real stupid move. Half of them will be off campaigning and not willing to get into a huge fight over something back in Washington.

    Ask yourself this before condemning the republicans. Are these the rule changes you want when the republicans retake power?

    Ryan is smart. He has fought this long and hard for a reason and to seemingly give in now is foolish on his part. He has a plan.

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