The agreement does not solve long-term problems. That will take a different congress, depending upon the outcome delivered by voters in Election 2014.
The news from The Hill this morning is that Boehner’s House solution doesn’t sit well with Senator McConnell and his conservative following. The reason is that budget caps are busted by the compromise and conservatives don’t want to give them up.
The difference of opinion can be argued in Election 2014, but in the meantime, hopefully there will be enough votes to pass the compromise legislation. Driven by consumers and the free market, the last couple of years of the Obama administration should produce continued modest improvement.
Heavy thinking and heavy lifting will begin anew with the outcome of Election 2016.
The Hill article is a good one because it identifies the core of the conservative block for further evaluation.
“Rare split for Boehner and McConnell
By Alexander Bolton - 12/12/13 06:00 AM EST
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) are headed for a rare split on the budget deal.
Boehner backs the agreement, while McConnell doesn’t. The two GOP leaders have worked closely together for years, and it is highly unusual for daylight to emerge between them.
The Speaker on Wednesday urged Republican colleagues to vote for the budget deal negotiated by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his Senate counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
He blasted conservative groups pressuring House Republicans to vote against the deal. His deputy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), praised the agreement.
McConnell and Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn (Texas), who both face Tea Party-backed primary challengers next year, will vote against the bipartisan budget pact.