What appeared to be perhaps Congress’ best plan to solve its double-whammy fiscal problem fizzled Saturday when Democrats rejected a proposal by Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins that had bipartisan support.
Leaders of the Democratic-led Senate rejected the proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, then headed down Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with President Obama at the White House.
Whether Senate Democrats will try to revive the proposal was unclear Saturday. They left the 75-minute meeting without talking to reporters but are scheduled to return to Capitol Hill on Sunday. Sen. Collins appeared hopeful that Democrats may be open to reviving the plan.
“Despite [Senate Majority Leader] Senator Harry Reid’s unfortunate dismissal of the 6-point plan, …. it continues to attract bipartisan support,” Collins said. “Six Senate Republicans and six Senate Democrats met twice today to discuss how we could move forward with the plan or some version of it. These meetings were constructive and give me hope that a bipartisan solution … is within our reach.”