— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 26, 2015
From the Reuters article:
Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives’ most influential conservative group told Reuters on Monday it was too late to stop an extension of the federal debt ceiling this week, but they will not hold it against the expected next House Speaker, Paul Ryan.
Representatives Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and Mick Mulvaney, founders of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, told Reuters in an interview that there was not enough time for House Republicans to rally around a list of demands for raising the $18.1 trillion U.S. borrowing limit.
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner is working with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to finalize terms of an extension of federal borrowing authority through March 2017 along with a $112 billion deal to ease military and domestic spending caps for two years, according to House and Senate aides and lawmakers…
However, [Mulvaney] said Ryan’s first big test would be a spending bill to keep government agencies open past a current shutdown deadline of Dec. 11. This would have to produce “at least something better than we would have gotten under Mr. Boehner.”
Mulvaney said that in his view, that would mean not raising any discretionary spending caps without an equal amount of spending cuts elsewhere.
That’s Meadows in the twitter pic, wishing he had a mustache to twirl. As I interpret it, the Freedumb-Humpers Caucus will present a list of absolutely non-negotiable demands along with this bill to President Obama, and he will inform them they are free to pound sand into the orifices of their choosing. Then they will go on to their next outrage, because that is what they do, just like my little rescue dogs shriek impotently at the mailman every day, never slacking at their self-appointed “responsibilities”.
And if Paul Ryan thinks he’s getting off easy, Jim Newell at Slate disagrees:
… At no moment in this process will Freedom Caucus members be deserving of sympathy. It is their fault that the constituents who empower their crusades are unresponsive to reason. When it comes to confronting their constituents with facts, they have been cowards, choosing to fan the prevailing rage rather than challenge it…
The Freedom Caucus’ irresponsible antics have quite obviously earned them enmity among party leaders, donors, and moderates. In the most comical example of their cowardice, these members are trying to use the speaker’s election process to ensure that they are never put through the same test that Tea Partiers delight in subjecting “establishment” candidates to: primaries. The Chamber of Commerce, which successfully propped up many “establishment” Republican Senate candidates against Tea Party challengers in 2014, is talking about going after more obnoxious House Tea Party members in 2016. The Freedom Caucus wants the next speaker and his leadership team to “step in to make sure that [doesn’t] happen,” according to Rep. Mick Mulvaney. They’re throwing a fit. And, God help him, Paul Ryan is treating this seriously instead of laughing it off.
The good news for Freedom Caucus members is that it appears that Speaker Boehner will try to push through a bipartisan, two-year debt ceiling and budget deal package as his last act before Ryan is elected speaker. It’s not good news because Freedom Caucus members will like the sweeping package—early outlines of the deal suggest that conservatives will complain about this like it’s Christmas morning and their parents bought them the wrong color pony. But at least it will be Boehner who brings it to the floor instead of Ryan, the sellout RINO whom the sellout RINO Freedom Caucus allowed to become speaker.