For the second day in a row, Harry Reid resorted to the rarely used live quorum call to force every senator to the floor to talk about the economy and the budget. Fat lot of good it's done, either time. In each instance, Sen. Patty Murray has attempted to get unanimous consent to appoint budget conferees. It didn't work yesterday, and today for the 21st time, Republicans blocked it.
Murray offered “a path forward” Wednesday and asked for unanimous consent that once the House passes a “clean” CR, a conference committee on the budget would be formed between the House and Senate. That was the 21st time Senate Democrats have requested a budget conference only to be denied by Republicans. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) objected.God forbid a majority of the Senate be able to do something like save the nation's economy, or anything else that actually matters. Republicans are really pushing the limits of the filibuster with this one.
Senate Republicans have expressed concern that if raising the debt ceiling was part of a budget conference report, Democrats would be able to pass it with a simple majority rather than requiring 60 votes.