Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has privately offered Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a deal that would reopen the government until mid-to-late December while extending the U.S. debt ceiling until next year, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
The proposal would set up a framework for larger budget negotiations with the House over the automatic sequestration spending cuts and other major deficit issues, the sources said. Moreover, Senate Democrats are open to delaying Obamacare’s medical device tax and a requirement that those receiving Obamacare subsidies be subject to income verification — but they would have to get something from Republicans in return, sources said.
I think we should respond with this offer: Harry Reid agrees to delaying Obamacare’s medical device tax and a requirement that those receiving Obamacare subsidies be subject to income verification, and then we’ll be open to reopening the government and extending the debt ceiling . . . but we would have to get something from Democrats in return.
When I put it that way: “you do x, and we’ll consider doing y if we get something in return” — it doesn’t sound like much of an offer at all, does it?
That’s because it’s not.
Yet Politico’s original headline, which they have rewritten but you can still see at Memeorandum, was “Harry Reid makes budget offer to Mitch McConnell.”