Fiscal Cliff's Great Last Hope: the Senate?
But Democrats would need assurances from Mitch McConnell
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2012 7:58 AM CST
In this May 8, 2012, file photo Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, with fellow Senate GOP leaders, speaks on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – With Plan B dead and gone, could Plan S save the day? The New York Times today shifts its attention from the gridlocked House to the Senate, following yesterday's plea by GOP Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Johnny Isakson to Senate leaders to make a scaled-back deal with President Obama. "We can’t let taxes go up on working people in this country," said Hutchison on Face the Nation. "It is going to be a patch because, in four days, we can’t solve everything." So is a solution possible? That's the hope, notes the Times, which nods at the fact that the Senate is run by Democrats and home to Republicans who are publicly promoting a deal.

The Times explains what it might come down to: Democratic leaders have indicated they will move forward ... but there are a few "buts." They say they'll only do so if they can get Sen. Mitch McConnell's pledge that any legislation won't be filibustered, and that John Boehner will have the House vote on it after it makes it through the Senate. But a rep for McConnell says, in the words of the Times, the minority leader can't "declare by fiat" that a bill would face no filibuster threat, and that doing so would mean McConnell would need to get the OK of all GOP senators. And considering the backlash that Boehner is facing, McConnell, himself up for re-election in 2014, may avoid doing anything that could direct Republican ire his way.

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Wrongdirection
Dec 25, 2012 9:46 PM CST
Petitions are a Mighty thing if used. You can move people out of office with them. You can object to the government laws with them. Yes Petitions are a Mighty Tool... You can reduce pay. retirements and heath care with petitions. Yes Petitions are a Mighty Tool... It's how the Contitution allows for the people to make changes in the Government! do some reading on the Articles of the Contitution and the Amendments! And then do some Petitions!!
Izman15
Dec 24, 2012 12:32 PM CST
The fiscal cliff isn't a real threat. Beginning bright and early in January our representatives are going to be pushing bills to reverse the cliff effects extending tax cuts and re-funding programs. If the cliff was a real cliff then this would be scary but the government made up the cliff and they can un-make it if they so choose. Many politicians are already drafting the legislation to reverse the cliff and get back to business as usual.
greenlantern1
Dec 24, 2012 12:10 PM CST
Forget Boehner! A two-thirds vote, in the Senate, with the president's signature is needed to ratify a treaty! Was the House asked about the Louisiana Purchase? Do we have an American Senate, or not?