Tit for Tat: House Rejects Reid Plan

Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, says it's doomed in the Senate
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2011 1:33 PM CDT
Updated Jul 30, 2011 2:19 PM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks at a press conference in Washington on July 29.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It's Harry Reid's turn to hit legislative turbulence. The House today rejected the Senate leader's plan to raise the debt ceiling in a move seen largely as symbolic, reports AP. The real fight, however, is taking place in the Senate, where GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a letter to Reid signed by 43 Republicans vowing to oppose his plan when it comes up for a vote set for 1am EST Sunday. Those numbers guarantee that Reid would not be able to fend off a filibuster, reports the Washington Post.

“It isn’t going to pass,” said McConnell, who demanded that the White House rejoin negotiations. “Let’s get talking to the administration.” The big hope to avoid a default is that Reid and McConnell can somehow forge a bipartisan compromise, but the two were mainly sniping at each other today, notes Politico. “We welcome compromise,” Reid said. “As recently as yesterday, I asked my friend, the Senate minority leader, to help make this Senate compromise more palatable, but we have heard very little from Republicans.”

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