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    stopped as they are now waiting on Boehner to cobble something together to get to 218.  They seem insistent on including the full Vitter amendment to screw over congressional staffers' health insurance subsidies.  Why?  Who knows?  There are probably other poison pills (like not providing the Treasury Secy with extraordinary measures - i.e., preservation of hostage taking).

    For those who believe avoiding default is paramount, the best that we can hope for is that Boehner fails to get to 218.  I have a feeling, though, that he will probably make enough concessions to get there and that will give McConnell more leverage in his negotiations with Reid.  They want to put the WH in a situation to reject a bill that has a poison pill.  The WH will reject anything that would tie Treasury's hands.  The Vitter amendment will probably be allowed to skate through.  Boehner seems cautious though because he has removed the medical device tax repeal.

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    by khyber900 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 12:08:15 PM PDT

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