Surprise, surprise, the House GOP doesn’t like the Senate plan, so they’ve come up with their own — they would re-open the government through December 15 (which is a month less than the Senate plan and makes retailers want to shoot themselves because of the chilling effect on Christmas shopping) and raise the debt ceiling until February 7, which is like the Senate plan. But, unlike the Senate plan, they won’t allow Treasury to use “extraordinary measures” (moving money around) to pay bills after that, so it’s a hard ceiling.
And the House also wants to end the employer contribution to health care for members of Congress, their staffs, and White House officials. They want to get Dems on record voting against it.
The House is going to vote by this evening.
The rest of the world thinks we’re nuts, and the rest of the world is right.