In the Senate the first procedural vote to clear the 60-vote filibuster hurdle will occur late Saturday night at 1am ET unless an agreement is reached to allow debate to proceed.
House Democrats encouraged the President to invoke the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling without Congressional authorization. The White House continues to reject that option.
The elections in 2012 will be a test as to whether we elect leaders who will deepen the economic crisis on the backs of the poor and middle class, or whether we choose people who care both about civil liberties and strengthening the economic conditions of a majority of Americans. We need to convince people to vote as if our lives and livelihood depend on it, because they do.
Chinese state-owned newspaper Xinhua: “Given the United States’ status as the world’s largest economy and the issuer of the dominant international reserve currency, such political brinksmanship in Washington is dangerously irresponsible.”
‘Americans might respect the Tea Partiers’ integrity were it not for the fact that their intransigence is straining the fabric of an already tested nation. Voters were angry when they threw out scores of Democrats last fall. They’re now inconsolable. Their hate-on for Congress makes Wall Street look popular.’