Harry Reid: Senate Will Vote On Boehner Plan Tonight If It Passes

Harry Reid has just announced that if the Boehner Plan passes today, he intends to have the Senate take it up tonight, and defeat it:

The Senate will take up, and vote down, House Speaker John Boehner’s bill to raise the federal debt ceiling immediately after its anticipated House passage Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said.

“As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated,” Reid said, citing a letter sent last night to Boehner in which all 53 Democratic Caucus members vowed to vote against the measure if it passes. “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.”

This suggests that Reid will bring the bill up on a Motion to Table, as he did with the Cut, Cap, and Balance Bill, but that still leaves open the possibility that the Senate would vote on the Reid Plan as an amendment to the bill sometime tomorrow. In either case, its going to be a long night on Capitol Hill

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  1. So, presuming the Boehner bill passes the House and goes to the Senate– and all 53 Dems vote it down as they have already pledged, then what?

    Does Reid tell Boehner to pass a different bill? And does Boehner tell Reid, this one passed the House, obviously the problem and roadblock is in the Senate?

    We are so screwed.