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The Senate, adding another act to the growing Kabuki Theater of government by showdown, canceled its July 4th break but the action — like everything else in what has become a war of words, positioning and posturing — will not break the deadlock over extending the debt limit.
Democratic and Republicans have no plans to meet so the likelihood of making any progress is slim.
The agenda before the Senate is Libya, not budget, and while House leaders say they are willing to stay in town and help their Senate colleagues most members of the lower body are already home for the holidays.
“As always, the House will be here if and when needed, whether that’s the week of July 18 or he week of August 8,” Laena Fallon, press secretary for House majority leader Eric Cantor told the Christian Science Monitor.
Fallon had to speak for her boss. Cantor is not in Washington.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid tried to claim a sense of urgency Thursday when he announced the Senate would stay in session.
“The time is too short to waste even a moment,” Reid said. “If we didn’t pay our bills, it would plunge the United States into a recession, not the so-called double-dip recession, but into a full-blown depression — and that’s without a doubt.”
Yet few expect any progress until the last week of July at the earliest. The current debt extension expires on Aug. 2.