Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is "actively pursuing a new plan under which the debt
ceiling would grow in three increments over the remainder of this
Congress unless lawmakers approve a veto-proof resolution of
disapproval," Politico reports.
"In effect lawmakers would be surrendering the very power of approval
that the GOP has used to force the debt crisis now. But by taking the
disapproval route, Republicans can shift the onus more onto the White
House and Democrats since a two-thirds majority will be needed to stop
any increase that President Obama requests." ABC News: "Under McConnell odd plan, the President could get a clean,
no-strings-attached debt ceiling increase of $2.5 trillion, but he would
have to endure three politically treacherous votes that would allow
upwards of two-thirds of the Congress to be on record disapproving of
his actions. In other words, the President would get his debt
ceiling increase and Republicans would score political points, but there
would be no guarantee of any spending cuts."
Greg Sargent: "At bottom, McConnell's proposal is the latest GOP line on the debt ceiling -- it's Obama's problem, not ours -- taken to its logical and legislative conclusion."
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
PRAISE FOR POLITICAL WIRE
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politics, but only a few actually do. Political Wire is one of them."
-- Chuck Todd, NBC News political director
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-- Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report
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-- Charlie Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report
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-- Larry Sabato, Center for Politics, University of Virginia
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-- Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe
"If I were on the proverbial
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-- Dotty Lynch, CBS News political consultant
"Taegan Goddard has a knack for digging out political gems that too
often get passed over by the mainstream press, and for delivering the
latest electoral developments in a sharp, no frills style that makes
his Political Wire an addictive blog habit you don't want to kick."
-- Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
"Political Wire is one of the absolute must-read sites in the blogosphere."
-- Glenn Reynolds, founder of Instapundit
"I rely on Taegan Goddard's Political Wire for straight, fair political news, he gets right to the point. It's an eagerly anticipated part of my news reading."
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