If you had a choice, work with the House or work with the Senate, which would you choose. If you are Obama you would prefer the Democrat-controlled chamber, of course.
The President has kept the dialogue going with the House, but Boehner and friends are stubbornly trying to extort to get their way. Extortion by holding the debt card over shutdown and vice versa isn’t productive nor is it legislatively ethical. So, the President didn’t shut the door, but he left by the back door back to the Senate.
Ultimately, everyone is going to have to get onto the same page, the American page where voters want to see them.
There is a Republican woman Senator in all of this who could emerge with stronger leadership responsibility and importance.
United States Senator from Maine
January 3, 1997
Chairperson of the Senate Homeland Security Committee
In office January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Born Susan Margaret Collins
December 7, 1952 (age 60)
Caribou, Maine, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater St. Lawrence University
Religion Roman Catholicism”
Unfortunately, she is a lifer politician. “She graduated from St. Lawrence magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in government in 1975.”
She is another lightweight. Let the Senate do the heavy lifting.
“Boehner reports no progress as focus shifts to Senate plan
By Russell Berman and Erik Wasson - 10/12/13 11:11 AM ET
Hopes for a deal to end the government shutdown and avert a U.S. default turned to the Senate on Saturday as Republicans said their talks with the Whtie House were effectively over.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told House Republicans at a morning conference meeting that there has been little progress in negotiations with the White House.
Other members said talks had now shifted from the House to the Senate.
"The focus is now on the Senate cloture vote and the Obama-Collins deal," said Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.).
He was referring to centrist GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), who has formulated a plan to raise the debt ceiling until Jan. 15, and to fund the government for six months.
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) said Boehner told members that there is "no deal" and "no negotiations" going on with the White House. The leadership is still waiting for more engagement from President Obama, Hudson said.
Conservative Rep Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said they were told negotiations are stalled with White House.