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Unless House Republican leadership changes its mind, this seems pretty close to an official announcement: we're going "over the cliff."

House Maj Whip's office: "[at] roughly 5:30-6:00 pm we will have our first and only vote series of the day on suspensions." Over the cliff.
@brianbeutler via Janetter for Mac
Of course, they could come back and vote on something tomorrow, and it would be just as good as voting on something today. So substantively, it's not really that big a deal. And in a way, the fact that it's not all that big a deal is a fitting symbol of just how absurd this whole process is.

1:10 PM PT: Doesn't this kind of put the lie to Boehner's promise to hold a vote if the Senate passes legislation? Basically, he's shutting down before the Senate has acted despite demanding that the Senate act first.


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