Not as colorful as last month’s soliloquy on toilets, but still guaranteed to inspire high fives among libertarian C-SPAN junkies everywhere. Enjoy this, because his next big speech in the Senate is likely to be more controversial: He told Sean Hannity this afternoon that he might filibuster Boehner’s budget bill on Thursday when it comes up for a vote, and by “filibuster” I think he’s referring to the old-fashioned talk-til-you-drop version. He surely won’t have 41 votes to block the deal, assuming it even reaches the Senate, so the goal would simply be to register tea party protest of the package by dragging the proceedings out for several hours as the shutdown clock ticks down before relenting. Good retail politics, especially given growing grassroots dissatisfaction with the deal, but the real action will be in the House.
Reid is objecting to a short-term continuing resolution that doesn’t de-fund Planned Parenthood but includes language that would put the ban back in place that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia.
Breaking: Budget deal? Update: Not yet; Reid says Planned Parenthood higher priority than funding government
Reid said that in addition to agreeing on the spending cut, negotiators had worked out policy disputes, which involve environmental protection, implementing President Barack Obama’s health care law, and regulating the Internet.
But Reid said Democrats are holding the line on a plan to cut off Planned Parenthood from federal money.
“That is an issue, as the president said last night, that we are not bending on,” Reid said.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) isn’t known for his friendly comments towards veterans. This is no exception.
While at a town hall meeting last night, Moran got into a heated debate with a someone who identified himself as a 27-year veteran. The veteran was visibly upset that Moran was holding a town hall instead of trying to figure out the budget in Washington. While answering that charge, Moran took a shot at the supposed veteran, calling the man’s question “caustic.” That didn’t sit well with the man, who began a heated back-and-forth with Moran (exchange starts at about 4:00):
“They [the Democrats] are so fundamentally unserious about this [fiscal crisis],” he told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive, that “they are in political attack mode. This is hardly the adult conversation we were hoping to achieve by putting out ideas.”
Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, added:
“These people [Democrats] have been in Congress a long time. Clearly they see the fiscal problems. Clearly they know the road ahead is a debt crisis. They must be complicit with it if they’re willing to use this type of demagoguery and rhetoric. I find it really quite amazing. It’s politics. I don’t know what else to conclude.”