Echoing White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe's declaration that House Speaker Boehner's bill is D.O.A. in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on the Senate would table the GOP legislation.
Today the House of Representatives will vote on Speaker Boehner’s short-term plan to raise the debt ceiling. As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated. No Democrat will vote for a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now.
A Reid spokesman tells First Read how the Boehner legislation is tabled: "As soon as the Senate receives the House Message (Boehner bill), a motion to concur with the House Message is made. The Leader moves to table the motion to concur (majority vote threshold). The Boehner plan is defeated in the Senate."
Indeed, Reid needs only 51 votes to do this, and then he can bring it back up if need be (if/when they compromise).