On Thursday, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) seemed to reveal the GOP strategy—don't put the House in a position where it has to negotiate with itself. Instead, run it through regular order, which seems almost arcane today but is how lots of stuff used to get done.There's nothing "regular" about this bill. That's because it absolutely flouts existing law. Republicans are trying to make the crippling sequester levels of spending permanent, in defiance of the Budget Control Act that they agreed in 2011 would set spending levels. They are attempting to nullify existing law, the Affordable Care Act. In case you're counting, it's vote number 42. While they're at it, they're going to try to wreck the economy.
"We'll send this over to the Senate, we'll see what our colleagues can do over there," Cole said. "Once they've made their decision … then they'll send something back. And at that time, I have no doubt that we'll pick it up and react to it and try to respond in appropriate fashion."
Or in the words of one Democratic representative: