I was listening to CNN on the way home from work and a Senator, I believe maybe Casey, was explaining something I had not heard about before. That John Boehner agreed in August to pass a clean CR if the Dems dropped the spending levels by $70 billion dollars. They did as requested, agreed to a $988 billion dollar budget and he then reneged, apparently bowing to pressure from tea baggers in his party and blowing off the deal. You can read a little bit about the whole double cross here and some earlier background here.
No wonder Harry Reid sounds like he wants to knock somebody out. Double dealing liars suck.
Reid said Boehner could not deliver on a deal the two agreed to after the August recess to fund the government because conservatives in his party have pressured him to combine the delay or defunding of ObamaCare with government funding.*
Reid was echoing similar comments he made earlier in the day. He said leaders had already compromised on a deal to keep sequester-level funding of $988 billion a year as the baseline for the continuing resolution.
But he said Boehner reneged after Tea Party-affiliated Republicans demanded that ObamaCare also be part of a deal.
“I was going to call them crazies, but I shouldn’t do that,” Reid said.
Democrats have preferred a continuing resolution about $70 billion higher than the current spending bill being debated.
“That is why we agreed to that lower number,” Reid said. “That is one of the largest compromises since I’ve been in Congress. That is a big deal, $70 billion just like that. And he couldn’t deliver.”