In Washington, a splintered Senate Republican caucus hasn’t found common ground on which of several sequester alternatives to get behind, and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he will allow them to put forth just one for a vote. His own caucus will get to bring one plan to the floor, too.
Neither party’s proposals are likely to pass, and the failure will trigger $85 billion worth of immediate spending cuts known as the sequester.
Even so, Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey -- who co-wrote one of the proposals -- believes all of them should get a hearing.
“Any senator that has a constructive idea about how we deal with one of the most pressing challenges the country faces ought to be able to bring it to the floor,” Mr. Toomey said today in a conference call with
He said it takes only about an hour to debate and vote on each proposal.
“I don’t see for the life of me why we shouldn’t have an open debate -- a transparent process – and see which [plans] have the most support.
A spokesman for Mr. Reid did not immediately respond to a request for comment.