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The Senate vote will be held at 12:15 today.

12:40: Nays:  Gillibrand, Merkeley, Sanders

12:32: The “no” votes appear to be coming mostly from the GOP.  Scarecrow: “So the Dems are providing the votes to cut their own programs and hurt the economy, and the conservatives can say, “it wasn’t me!”

12:13 – Reid:  Passing this bill will allow us to get to the jobs creation bills that the country so desperately needs.  Just as soon as we get back from our month long vacation.

12:10 – Reid:  The Tea Party created this fake crisis.  Who is IOZ: “The Tea Party held America hostage during “the debt debate”? No, you fool, you idiot; fucking rich people did it. The Tea Party is just some shit they cooked up to keep you busy, to keep you fuming at each other while they steal your tooth fairy money and grandma’s dentures.”

12:15 – McConnell:  “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” Sorry, that wasn’t McConnell, it was “hostage taker” Barack Obama when he voted against the debt ceiling increase in 2006.  My bad.

12:04 – McConnell:  This bill does not contain one dime for job-killing tax hikes.  No, it kills them directly.

As we said from the start, there was never really anything that anyone could do to stop this from happening. But we can point to the efforts we’ve all made over the course of the past two and a half years and say we were there, we knew what was going on, we documented it, we did what we could, and we did not avert our eyes:

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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