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Debt-ceiling drama: Now the Senate leaves town

Yesterday, I smacked around House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) for giving members the weekend off. I mean, it’s not like there isn’t important stuff to do around here. Well, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has just done the same thing for his chamber. After the Senate defeated the House’s ill-advised “Cut, cap and balance” bill, Reid announced that Senators were free to bolt the Beltway.

The full faith and credit of the United States is on the line, and folks are leaving town. Seriously?!

Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring tweaked Reid in an e-mail to me yesterday. “It has been 813 days since Senator Reid has passed a budget,” he wrote. “At that pace, Senator Reid may be ready to move something related to the Gang of Six [plan for reducing the deficit] by 2015.   In the meantime, House Members are available and ready to be in session if the Senate sends something our way.”

After the defeat of “Cut, cap and balance” and the announcement that the Senate was following the House’s lead and leaving town, Dayspring pinged me. “So after this, Harry Reid announces no votes in the Senate this weekend? Guess my 2015 prediction was reflective of reality,” he wrote. “The Reid who cried wolf strikes again.”

And the clock ticks on . . .

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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