October 1, 2013
Democrats Go Nuclear on John Boehner

Harry Reid has been Democrats’ steel spine throughout the shutdown fight, steadfastly refusing to budge an inch from his demand for a budget resolution that doesn’t touch Obamacare and even insisting President Obama not negotiate with Republicans. And it looks like the shutdown has only made him more eager to fight.

Democrats were, and are, incensed at a Republican proposal late Monday to pass a resolution funding the government while eliminating subsidies for congressional staffers to pay for insurance. While canceling the subsidies doesn’t make much sense on a practical level, it seemed like good politics: Speaker John Boehner and his caucus  argued they didn’t want Congress to get any kind of special treatment under the health-care law.
But it turns out Boehner knew just how impractical such a proposal would be.
Read more. [Image: Jason Reed/Reuters]

Democrats Go Nuclear on John Boehner

Harry Reid has been Democrats’ steel spine throughout the shutdown fight, steadfastly refusing to budge an inch from his demand for a budget resolution that doesn’t touch Obamacare and even insisting President Obama not negotiate with Republicans. And it looks like the shutdown has only made him more eager to fight.

Democrats were, and are, incensed at a Republican proposal late Monday to pass a resolution funding the government while eliminating subsidies for congressional staffers to pay for insurance. While canceling the subsidies doesn’t make much sense on a practical level, it seemed like good politics: Speaker John Boehner and his caucus  argued they didn’t want Congress to get any kind of special treatment under the health-care law.

But it turns out Boehner knew just how impractical such a proposal would be.

Read more. [Image: Jason Reed/Reuters]

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