They Had It In Their Hands
Kevin Drum can barely believe what he's reading:
Harkin said “we had an agreement, with the House, the White House and the Senate. We sent it to [the Congressional Budget Office] to get scored and then Tuesday happened and we didn’t get it back.” He said negotiators had an agreement in hand on Friday, Jan. 15. Harkin made clear that negotiators had reached a final deal on the entire bill, not just the excise plans, which had been reported the previous day, Jan. 14.
So why isn't the blueprint for a reconciliation package relatively easy now? Or are they simply waiting for tempers to cool, for an outreach to Republicans to show the public that nothing is being rammed through, for an exposure of the paltry nature of the GOP's plans, a re-establishment of the focus on jobs and the economy ... and then HCR through reconciliation? Without the drama. Outside the framework of the Massachusetts victory. I dunno; Kevin is mystified. But one cannot help wonder.