Yet another dilemma: the GOP has to walk a fine line once again. The GOP leadership seeks to avoid a government shutdown without splitting the party, so the House must pass a funding bill. They could:
- Pass a bill that the far right would support with mostly Republican votes.
- Pass a bill with support from Democrats which would pass the Senate and be signed into law.
The first alternative might not pass the Senate; no time remains for Senate amendments. The second plan might divide the party–a development GOP leadership has taken pains to avoid when they could. The bill will be released at the last minute to leave as little time as possible for opposition to organize. It will be interesting to learn what is included and what is omitted. Whatever it is, Tom Reed is likely to vote in favor. Stay tuned.
© William Hungerford – December 2014