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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 24, 2013. Washington faces two looming deadlines, with the Democrats and Republicans far apart on a solution. The U.S. government runs out o
"Your checkbooks are safe with me."
Boy howdy, there's nothing like standing up for a principle:
Mitch McConnell isn’t going to have another government shutdown on his watch.
Right on, Mitch! You're not going to let the extremists in your own party cost this country another $24 billion, put hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work, cause hardship for children, cancer patients, veterans and ...  wait, what's that you say, Mitch?
The attendee said McConnell "said everything that needed to be said" to help tamp down growing concern among bundlers and donors over how the GOP continues to be paralyzed by anti-establishment members like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). Neither lawmaker attended the event.
Oh. Well. Whew. The bundlers and donors have been reassured.

So, how is McConnell going to ensure that the Ted Cruz wing of the party doesn't seize control again?

"He didn’t get into specifics about what they are doing and how they are going to do it ... "
Glad he cleared that up. (And somewhere, Ted Cruz laughs and laughs and laughs ...)

Originally posted to Barbara Morrill on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos and Daily Kos.

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  •  They'll find Ted Cruz duct-taped to a chair in his (14+ / 0-)

    ... office.

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 11:41:13 AM PDT

  •  what pure bs. (13+ / 0-)

    the GOP establishment were the effin enablers for cruz.
    where the hell were they when the govt shutdown- they were playing along, singin a cruz song.
    telling america to take a hike. we were all on cruz control.

    this really infuriates me

  •  I am sure Matt Bevin (6+ / 0-)

    will be using this in his ads.

    Thus, McConnell will be under attack from both sides on the same issue.

    :-)

  •  So if McConnell can promise no more shutdowns... (19+ / 0-)

    ...that means he could've prevented the first shutdown, and chose not to.

    Either he's lying now about his influence over the Tea Party wing of his party, or he willingly led the country and his party off the cliff.

    Neither is very attractive.

  •  there's one born every minute (4+ / 0-)

    If you are concerned about the government remaining open1 and you are still donating money to the GOP/Tea Party then you, sir, are the sucker.

    It's very simple: Stop. Giving. Them. Money.

    1 - perhaps you depend on reliable government services to keep your millions rolling in, or maybe you just like it better when the stock market doesn't crash

  •  It should be noted that the continuing resolution (0+ / 0-)

    made a significant change. Where, in the past, the President had to ask Congress for permission to exceed the artificial cap on how many of our dollars the Treasury could take back and promise to pay a dividend, until the current law is changed, the President will inform Congress when the limit is about to be exceeded and the Congress will have to initiate action to call a halt. No longer will it be sufficient for Congress to just do nothing.
    So, in effect, there is no cap and when the President said "no" in answer to the question whether we were going to go through the same charade again in three months, he was speaking the truth.

       

    Sec. 1002. (a) Short Title- This section may be cited as the `Default Prevention Act of 2013'.

        (b) Certification- Not later than 3 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President may submit to Congress a written certification that absent a suspension of the limit under section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, the Secretary of the Treasury would be unable to issue debt to meet existing commitments.

        (c) Suspension-

            (1) IN GENERAL- Section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, shall not apply for the period beginning on the date on which the President submits to Congress a certification under subsection (b) and ending on February 7, 2014.

            (2) SPECIAL RULE RELATING TO OBLIGATIONS ISSUED DURING SUSPENSION PERIOD- Effective February 8, 2014, the limitation in section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, as increased by section 3101A of such title and section 2 of the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (31 U.S.C. 3101 note), is increased to the extent that--

                (A) the face amount of obligations issued under chapter 31 of such title and the face amount of obligations whose principal and interest are guaranteed by the United States Government (except guaranteed obligations held by the Secretary of the Treasury) outstanding on February 8, 2014, exceeds

                (B) the face amount of such obligations outstanding on the date of enactment of this Act.

            An obligation shall not be taken into account under subparagraph (A) unless the issuance of such obligation was necessary to fund a commitment incurred by the Federal Government that required payment before February 8, 2014.

        (d) Disapproval- If there is enacted into law within 22 calendar days after Congress receives a written certification by the President under subsection (b) a joint resolution disapproving the President's exercise of authority to suspend the debt ceiling under subsection (e), effective on the date of enactment of the joint resolution, subsection (c) is amended to read as follows:

        `(c) Suspension-

            `(1) IN GENERAL- Section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, shall not apply for the period beginning on the date on which the President submits to Congress a certification under subsection (b) and ending on the date of enactment of the joint resolution pursuant to section 1002(e) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014.

            `(2) SPECIAL RULE RELATING TO OBLIGATIONS ISSUED DURING SUSPENSION PERIOD- Effective on the day after the date of enactment of the joint resolution pursuant to section 1002(e) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, the limitation in section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, as increased by section 3101A of such title and section 2 of the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (31 U.S.C. 3101 note), is increased to the extent that--

                `(A) the face amount of obligations issued under chapter 31 of such title and the face amount of obligations whose principal and interest are guaranteed by the United States Government (except guaranteed obligations held by the Secretary of the Treasury) outstanding on the day after the date of enactment of the joint resolution pursuant to section 1002(e) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, exceeds

                `(B) the face amount of such obligations outstanding on the date of enactment of this Act.

            An obligation shall not be taken into account under subparagraph (A) unless the issuance of such obligation was necessary to fund a commitment incurred by the Federal Government that required payment before the day after the date of enactment of the joint resolution pursuant to section 1002(e) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014.'.

        (e) Disapproval Process-

            (1) CONTENTS OF JOINT RESOLUTION- For the purpose of this subsection, the term `joint resolution' means only a joint resolution--

                (A) disapproving the President's exercise of authority to suspend the debt limit that is introduced within 14 calendar days after the date on which the President submits to Congress the certification under subsection (b);

                (B) which does not have a preamble;

                (C) the title of which is only as follows: `Joint resolution relating to the disapproval of the President's exercise of authority to suspend the debt limit, as submitted under section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 on XXXXX' (with the blank containing the date of such submission); and

                (D) the matter after the resolving clause of which is only as follows: `That Congress disapproves of the President's exercise of authority to suspend the debt limit, as exercised pursuant to the certification under section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014.'.

            (2) EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-

                (A) REPORTING AND DISCHARGE- Any committee of the House of Representatives to which a joint resolution is referred shall report it to the House of Representatives without amendment not later than 5 calendar days after the date of introduction of a joint resolution described in paragraph (1). If a committee fails to report the joint resolution within that period, the committee shall be discharged from further consideration of the joint resolution and the joint resolution shall be referred to the appropriate calendar.

                (B) PROCEEDING TO CONSIDERATION- After each committee authorized to consider a joint resolution reports it to the House of Representatives or has been discharged from its consideration, it shall be in order, not later than the sixth day after introduction of a joint resolution under paragraph (1), to move to proceed to consider the joint resolution in the House of Representatives. All points of order against the motion are waived. Such a motion shall not be in order after the House of Representatives has disposed of a motion to proceed on a joint resolution. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion. The motion shall not be debatable. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the motion is disposed of shall not be in order.

                (C) CONSIDERATION- The joint resolution shall be considered as read. All points of order against the joint resolution and against its consideration are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the joint resolution to its passage without intervening motion except 2 hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. A motion to reconsider the vote on passage of the joint resolution shall not be in order.

            (3) EXPEDITED PROCEDURE IN SENATE-

                (A) RECONVENING- Upon receipt of a certification under subsection (b), if the Senate would otherwise be adjourned, the majority leader of the Senate, after consultation with the minority leader of the Senate, shall notify the Members of the Senate that, pursuant to this subsection, the Senate shall convene not later than the thirteenth calendar day after receipt of such certification.

                (B) PLACEMENT ON CALENDAR- Upon introduction in the Senate, the joint resolution shall be immediately placed on the calendar.

                (C) FLOOR CONSIDERATION-

                    (i) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, it is in order at any time during the period beginning on the day after the date on which Congress receives a certification under subsection (b) and ending on the 6th day after the date of introduction of a joint resolution under paragraph (1) (even if a previous motion to the same effect has been disagreed to) to move to proceed to the consideration of the joint resolution, and all points of order against the joint resolution (and against consideration of the joint resolution) are waived. The motion to proceed is not debatable. The motion is not subject to a motion to postpone. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the motion is agreed to or disagreed to shall not be in order. If a motion to proceed to the consideration of the joint resolution is agreed to, the joint resolution shall remain the unfinished business until disposed of.

                    (ii) CONSIDERATION- Consideration of the joint resolution, and on all debatable motions and appeals in connection therewith, shall be limited to not more than 10 hours, which shall be divided equally between the majority and minority leaders or their designees. A motion further to limit debate is in order and not debatable. An amendment to, or a motion to postpone, or a motion to proceed to the consideration of other business, or a motion to recommit the joint resolution is not in order.

                    (iii) VOTE ON PASSAGE- If the Senate has voted to proceed to a joint resolution, the vote on passage of the joint resolution shall occur immediately following the conclusion of consideration of the joint resolution, and a single quorum call at the conclusion of the debate if requested in accordance with the rules of the Senate.

                    (iv) RULINGS OF THE CHAIR ON PROCEDURE- Appeals from the decisions of the Chair relating to the application of the rules of the Senate, as the case may be, to the procedure relating to a joint resolution shall be decided without debate.

            (4) AMENDMENT NOT IN ORDER- A joint resolution of disapproval considered pursuant to this subsection shall not be subject to amendment in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

            (5) COORDINATION WITH ACTION BY OTHER HOUSE-

                (A) IN GENERAL- If, before passing the joint resolution, one House receives from the other a joint resolution--

                    (i) the joint resolution of the other House shall not be referred to a committee; and

                    (ii) the procedure in the receiving House shall be the same as if no joint resolution had been received from the other House, except that the vote on passage shall be on the joint resolution of the other House.

                (B) TREATMENT OF JOINT RESOLUTION OF OTHER HOUSE- If the Senate fails to introduce or consider a joint resolution under this subsection, the joint resolution of the House of Representatives shall be entitled to expedited floor procedures under this subsection.

                (C) TREATMENT OF COMPANION MEASURES- If, following passage of the joint resolution in the Senate, the Senate then receives the companion measure from the House of Representatives, the companion measure shall not be debatable.

                (D) CONSIDERATION AFTER PASSAGE-

                    (i) IN GENERAL- If Congress passes a joint resolution, the period beginning on the date the President is presented with the joint resolution and ending on the date the President signs, allows to become law without his signature, or vetoes and returns the joint resolution (but excluding days when either House is not in session) shall be disregarded in computing the calendar day period described in subsection (d).

                    (ii) DEBATE ON A VETO MESSAGE- Debate on a veto message in the Senate under this subsection shall be 1 hour equally divided between the majority and minority leaders or their designees.

            (6) RULES OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE- This subsection is enacted by Congress--

                (A) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, and as such it is deemed a part of the rules of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in that House in the case of a joint resolution, and it supersedes other rules only to the extent that it is inconsistent with such rules; and

                (B) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rules (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.

        This Act may be cited as the `Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014'.

  •  As Molly Ivins said re a Texas saying (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, freelunch, Gowrie Gal

    "You have to dance with them what brung you"

  •  How could bundlers and donors tell he's lying (3+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, TrueBlueMajority, dougymi

    his lips were moving  

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 03:55:16 PM PDT

  •  You'll do whatever Crazy Ted and the Teabaggers (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, TrueBlueMajority

    tell you you're going too do, Turtle man.

    And you'll like it!

    "I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not." - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 03:58:12 PM PDT

  •  Oh Turtleman, you're my hero!--Reince Priebus (0+ / 0-)

    snark

  •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

    Lobbyists, er, donors are people, too, don't ya know.

    I got mine. And I don't let it trickle down.

    by plok on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:04:40 PM PDT

  •  I told you so!! (3+ / 0-)

    The big donors lost money on the shutdown and were worried they would lose more if the US defaulted. They forced Boehner and Company to lock Cruz in a broom closet somewhere.

    The money guys will only put up with so much. They were sold on the Tea Party as the only way to win elections and are not happy.

  •  Oh Mitch... (2+ / 0-)
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    TrueBlueMajority, dougymi

    I wonder how it feels to be an employee who needs to respond to donors all the time? He's so transparently and totally at the beck and call of his donors, and so far removed from any concept of public service.  He essentially works for them.

    I wonder what a guy like Mitch really feels? I'm always a little amazed by people like Mitch McConnell, because it's hard to understand their real emotions, to really connect with what drives them. He seems perfectly suited to implementing his donors' priorities, but what emotional satisfaction does he get out of it?  Greed alone is not a sufficient answer, nor is power. He can accumulate money in ways other than by serving in the senate. And power as a motivation? The power to do what?  What really motivates Mitch McConnell? He's a nasty, spiteful piece of work.  But most everyone has something that drives them internally, some sense of personal value.  Mitch seems without that.  I don't understand him.

    I think that Mitch's ultimate shallowness and cupidity may well cost him the election.  Bevins is even crazier, but Mitch is so, well, hollow... it seems that he won't be able to survive a challenge from the left and right simultaneously.  At least I hope not.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:05:53 PM PDT

  •  Their plan seems to be... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TrueBlueMajority, Jabus

    losing seats in the Senate so that the Dems have a filibuster-proof majority and handing the gavel back to Pelosi over in the House.

    I'm down with it.

  •  well if Yertle loses his primary/general race (0+ / 0-)

    he may not have a "watch" to make promises about

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:07:20 PM PDT

  •  You know when The Boehner™ goes on and on (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Coco Usagi

    about "investors hating all that job-killing uncertainty"?  He's talking about this very same group of people: their political investors.

    The only thing that stops a Bad Republican with a vote is a Good Democrat with a vote.

    by here4tehbeer on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:07:23 PM PDT

  •  Whew! Glad that's settled, then (0+ / 0-)

    And without having to do any mealy-mouthing about serving the public or any other damned nonsense. This is all about the Big Money Boyz, those Colossi who stride the globe, giants among men, who speak new realities into existence through the power of their will. Unless somebody hurts their fee-fees, then everything's all fucked up and bullshit until we make nice again.

  •  Democrats should float an offer to the GOP (0+ / 0-)

    just to incite and entice Cruz to take the bait and blow up a deal, and when he does blow it up, Democrats cut the deal they want.  

    Equally important, we should use the kamikazee tactics of Cruz and co to demonstrate to traditional GOP donors to support our candidates, especially in House races.  A conservative Democrat from a red district is not going to be unfriendly to business anyway.  Let's use this GOP civil war over tactics and narcissistic personality disorder to form a new social bargain with business.  

    Business won't stand in the way of Democrats putting in a solid floor for our working poor, ladders of opportunity for our middle class, and enforceable rules to regulate and manage key industries (like financial services), and we'll work business to open markets, provide job creating initiatives and tax benefits.  If, for example, fast food and service industries would pay a living wage, Democrats could engineer more tax incentives.  We would save money in the short and long run by reduced use of government services.

    Global Shakedown - Alternative rock with something to say. Check out their latest release, "A Time to Recognize": Available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and other major online music sites. Visit http://www.globalshakedown.com.

    by khyber900 on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:14:00 PM PDT

  •  I'd like Mitch to get me paid... (0+ / 0-)

    Since I am a contractor, I have not been paid. Gov employees did........I missed 92 hours of pay. Thanks Republicans! At this point I am pretty sure I won't get paid. By this Friday if we are not being paid, I'm going to attempt to get food stamps due to the loss of income for most of two weeks.

  •  Not interested in what this eunuch has to say n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  I'm still cracking up (0+ / 0-)

    that Turtle McTurtle from TurtleTown takes credit for his bipartisan leadership 'ending the shutdown'....LOL!

    Oh, Turts...you DO crack my shit up!

    Oh, fer cryin' in yer beer!

    by Todd E on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:42:48 PM PDT

  •  hammer time (0+ / 0-)

    time to bring out the hammer...
    Mitch needs to be hammered on the air/in the ads during his upcoming campaign because HE DID shut down the gov't!

    related but different... I have a question...
    has anyone looked at how much of the 24 billion can be repaid?

    I know the money from tourists at the National parks (like me... I was intending to visit Arches when I was on a road trip) cannot be repaid... but other things can.

  •  has there ever been a more photogenic (0+ / 0-)

    politician?  Not in my memory.  This guy just doesn't fail to make the camera lens crack.  No wonder Elaine Chow swooned for the guy...turtle pheromones are impossible to resist.

    or do turtles just emit musk from their anal glands?

    Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

    by Keith930 on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:43:30 PM PDT

  •  What can he do about it? (0+ / 0-)

    The Senate itself didn't have much to do with the shutdown. While they had their share of lemmings, they passed a clean bill beforehand. The problem is Cruz has managed to amass a loyal following in the House and I don't see how McConnell can stop them. This would mean a lot more coming from Boehner.

    •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

      If McConnell really put his mind to it, he could silence Cruz and his following in the Senate...permanently. However, the same can not be said for Boehner in the House. So as long as the latter is speaker, there will always be uncertainty of whether there will be another shutdown or not.

      "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." -Jack Layton (1950-2011)

      by Coco Usagi on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:51:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  McConnell can't rein in Cruz (0+ / 0-)

    because you can't blackmail people (and their votes) over fetishes and perversions that are all out in the open

    "a lie that can no longer be challenged becomes a form of madness" -Debord

    by grollen on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:41:24 PM PDT

  •  Didn't we just finish a discussion (0+ / 0-)

    about why it's so obvious that Republicans don't care about Americans and I said it's because they are so focused on the money? Game, set, match.

  •  yes but what about the teabag donors (0+ / 0-)

    they are not under the gop establishment control.  so this should be an interesting fight ... one group of greed heads banging heads against another.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 07:02:55 PM PDT

  •  I'm getting fat from all the popcorn (0+ / 0-)

    The hilarious comments over at that little bucket of crazee known as RedState are priceless. As in civil war priceless. I'd include a link, but I have to go make some more popcorn...

    "I'll have my sixth double martini now" may not look like a tongue twister but it usually is very hard to say.

    by iyou on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:51:31 PM PDT

  •  I swear to God, I look at Mitch McConnell's face (0+ / 0-)

    and I see my 4th grade nun.  Nasty, bitter and just plain mean.

    America doesn't have an Obama Problem, America doesn't even have an Abortion Problem or a Gay Problem. With 32% of the population representing the bedrock support of the Republican Party, America has a Stupid Problem.

    by MARTinNJ on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 05:28:48 AM PDT

  •  Every day, in every way... (0+ / 0-)

    A day doesn't pass without the GOP proving/reinforcing their cynical incompetence. They don't want to govern, they want the perks of the office.

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