House Republicans Wait at a Table for Dems to Negotiate Budget
By John Parkinson
Eight House Republicans were appointed to negotiate a budget deal with Senate Democrats today and actually sat at a table to await some senators. When no one showed up, the Republicans said it was an example of the Senate Dems’ refusal to negotiate to reach a deal.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, joining seven other conferees appointed earlier this morning by House Speaker John Boehner, said “there is a way” for Republicans and Democrats “to work through our differences” but complained that Democrats have refused to negotiate.
“As you can see, there’s no one here on the other side of the table,” Cantor, R-Va., said. “It’s fair to say none of us want to be in a shutdown, and we’re here to say to the Senate Democrats, come and talk to us. This is how we resolve our differences and can work our way out of this kind of situation.”
… Ryan, the former vice presidential nominee, said the government will also reach its debt limit in about two weeks.
“Most budget agreements in the past have always involved debt limit increases,” Ryan, R-Wis., said. “We think that enforcing mechanism, just like the Budget Control Act that President Obama signed before, or like Bowles-Simpson, or like Gramm-Rudman or like the 1997 or 1990 budget agreements, all of those budget agreements came together because of debt limits. That’s what we think will be the forcing action to bring us — the two parties — together.”
The Senate dismissed the House invitation to negotiate a deal, voting on party lines – 54 to 46 – to table the House’s message calling for a conference committee on the continuing resolution.