The Budget Deal Creaks Through the Senate

Remember last week, when the “civil war” within the Republican Party came to an end with the decisive tongue-lashing John “Ulysses S.” Boehner gave to outside conservative groups, which sent them rushing back to their fever swamps in disarray? Well, it looks like Reconstruction isn’t going too well as the budget bill languishes in the Senate, per this report from The Hill‘s Erik Wasson.

The bill, which sets top-line spending levels for 2014 and 2015, is on track to just barely get the 60 votes it needs to clear the upper chamber….

As of Monday, only seven Senate Republicans have said they will vote to end debate on the measure, which is opposed by Tea Party groups, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action. Those six members are Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), John McCain (Ariz.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.).

Most Senate Republicans are expected to vote against the bill, despite lobbying by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Ohio).

So you have to wonder if the epochal impact of the deal on the GOP that we heard so much about last week has been more than a bit oversold.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.