House Seeks Magic Bullet on Debt-Shutdown Proposal While Senate Waits

The negotiation dance continues in Washington, as House conservatives try and squeeze the best deal they can from House leadership and vice versa while the Senate awaits their counterpart's latest proposal. House leadership floated a proposal initially expected to face a vote Tuesday night, but the plan was scuttled thanks to a lack of support from conservatives.

Senators struck a bipartisan deal Monday night that would reopen the federal government until Jan. 15 and lift the debt limit until Feb. 7, with the hope that budget negotiators can hammer out a longer-term spending package by the end of the year. But they held off on a vote, giving House Republicans a chance to digest the proposal that would also delay the medical device tax aimed at helping fund President Barack Obama's health care law.

But Boehner and his team scrapped a vote because they couldn't find the support needed among conservatives and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the proposal would have to pass without Democratic votes.

Ford O'Connell, a Republican political consultant, says Boehner's working to convince his caucus that they need to strike a deal now in order to make further spending cut gains in the next round of negotiations.

"It's important to recognize that John Boehner is between a rock and a hard place, and he's playing the long game and some people are playing the short game," O'Connell says. "He realizes he's in much better shape in the next round of talks because the one thing that they have on the bargaining table [is] sequestration. Now the question for Republicans is what strategy are they going to go with?"

Read more from Rebekah Metzler at U.S. News & World Report

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