Senate Votes Down Reid's Plan
But real deal is still being worked on
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2011 12:48 PM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during a news conference on debt ceiling legislation on Capitol Hill on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – As expected, the Senate voted today not to move forward with Harry Reid's debt ceiling proposal in a 50-49 vote. The Wall Street Journal notes that the vote was "anti-climactic," since the real work on hammering out a deal by the end of the day is happening behind the scenes between the White House and House and Senate leaders. Following the vote, Reid told senators to take a break. Although he didn't offer a timetable for when to expect a vote on a new deal, he cheekily said he wouldn't recommend anyone go off to a ball game.

Reid's proposal to raise the debt ceiling included $2.2 trillion in spending cuts; the expected final deal will include $3 trillion in deficit cuts. By voting on Reid's proposal, his bill can be kept alive as the shell for any final deal that may be reached today; in fact, Reid himself voted against his own bill in order to keep it alive. See the Wall Street Journal's live blog for more details, including a spontaneous debate between Dick Durbin and John McCain over how to rein in US debt.

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Jul 31, 2011 4:24 PM CDT
I think we all better face something about the government in the United States. I don't know when but we are going to have to demolish this government and start with something else. Our government with rules, laws, regulations, fines, fees, taxes and permits has embroyed the workers in impassable obstacles prohibiting any from creating jobs. I have heard it suggested that we break up into 5 countrys and that may be an answer.
Jul 31, 2011 3:17 PM CDT
Let's ask the Queen if she will take us back. We cannot govern ourselves. Common Wealth of United States.
Jul 31, 2011 3:06 PM CDT
McConnell said that he wanted to make Obama a one-term President. How about making McConnell a 1/2 term Senator?????????