Boehner gets standing ovation from Senate Rs

By Eliza

Jul 29, 2011 1:46pm

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ABC News' Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports:

Speaker of the House John Boehner just quietly ventured over to the Senate side and dropped in on a closed lunch of  Senate Republicans.

The lunch – pizza, again – was in the Strom Thurmond room.

I am told Boehner got a standing ovation from his Senate Republican colleagues. 

That feel-good moment comes before a bigger test:  Will Senate Republicans remain united in opposition to Harry Reid’s debt ceiling bill.  If they do, we are left at a standstill – the House passing a bill that has no chance in the Senate; and Senate Democrats pushing a bill that can’t pass in the Senate either (and, maybe, the House, too).

The obvious end game here is for the two sides to actually compromise on a bi-partisan plan.  Maybe once they are done with pizza that can happen …

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