ABC News’ Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:
Senate Democrats today wasted no time jumping on reports that the House Republican caucus watched a clip from the Ben Affleck movie “The Town,” at their caucus meeting yesterday.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your House Republican Majority,” Senator Schumer, D-N.Y., said mockingly of Republicans at a press conference today.
As reported by the Washington Post, at yesterday’s House Republican conference Republican Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., played a clip from the movie “The Town” where Ben Affleck rallies his friends by saying, “We’re going to hurt people” and one of them responds, “Who’s car are we going to take.”
This gave fodder for Democrats today.
“In the scene they chose to inspire their House freshmen, one of the crooks gives a pep talk to the other right before they both put on hockey masks, bludgeon two men with sticks and shoot a man in the leg,” Schumer explained today of the Republican’s movie pick, “Literally, in the movie the protagonists say, people are going to get hurt, but they have to go ahead and do it anyway.”
Schumer said that while Boehner is “struggling to rein in his caucus” he’s actually being “led by the fringe” in the party.
“How many times does he have to throw red meat to the extreme right in his caucus to please them? Enough already,” Schumer said. “Speaker Boehner should not and we cannot let a small bloc of House Republicans lead the whole nation off a cliff.”
Although there are signs that Speaker Boehner toady has seemed to rally some additional support for his plan, Schumer said regardless it does not have a “chance of passing” in the Senate.
“Even if the speaker is able to beg, borrow and steal his way to 217 Republican votes, the bill remains a non-starter in the Senate and the president will never sign it. So the speaker’s wasting precious time. Every day he spends twisting arms in his caucus, we careen closer to catastrophic default.”
If Speaker Boehner’s plan does pass through the House it is unclear exactly what Senate Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., would do. He’s said that “every” Democrat would vote against the Boehner plan in its current form. But today he suggested some procedural “magic” and a few changes could make the Boehner plan a little more palatable to both parties perhaps.
“It’ll be altered if it gets over here,” Reid said of the Boehner plan, “Magic things can happen here in Congress in a very short period of time, under the right circumstances.”
What is the drop dead date then?
“Probably soon,” Reid said lacking any sort of specifics.
For the time being Reid is still pushing ahead with his own proposal. After the CBO score this morning showed that the cuts were overestimated in his plan, he promised that he will tweak the proposal.
“We’ll continue to add savings to increase the number of total savings if necessary, and we’re confident the final bill will meet our bottom line, raising the debt ceiling through the end of 2012,” said Reid.