Boehner’s Latest Gambit

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In a last minute pivot, Speaker Boehner is now seeking a conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate — rather than sending a clean CR, or any other CR — to the Senate. This means a government shutdown will probably begin at midnight ET anyway.

For those who have been following the budget process in Congress closely, there’s a lot of chutzpah in this move, since Republicans have for months been resisting a conference committee to resolve the budget impasse. Conservatives in particular have fiercely opposed a conference committee resolution to these matters because they see it as guaranteed to lead to a compromise. Anathema.

Still not clear how this latest move will play out. Awaiting reaction from Senate Democrats, who will undoubtedly find no good faith at all in this last-minute gambit.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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