Will the Senate Reach a Debt Agreement?
8:22 AM, Jul 1, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Yesterday, Harry Reid cancelled a planned Senate recess for the week of July 4, which Republican senators such as Jeff Sessions and Marco Rubio had been pushing, since the government is rapidly approaching the debt ceiling deadline of August 2. But will the Senate actually make any movement toward an agreement? Sessions, in a floor speech yesterday, did not seem convinced:
Sessions could have a point. On Fox News, Fred Barnes called the suspended recess "purely cosmetic" and pointed out that Democrats, including the president, have not been overly eager to have open debate and discussion on matters of debt and budgets:
Sessions and other Republicans have also hounded the Democratic Senate for not passing a budget in nearly 800 days, although Kent Conrad, the Budget Committee chairman, announced on Wednesday that the caucus has reached an agreement--behind closed doors--on a proposal. Conrad said he could introduce the budget proposal next week, a claim the North Dakota Democrat has made and broken before.