Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, January 23, 2018
With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown
The ground rules were simple: Senators wishing to voice their opinion needed to wait their turn and could speak only once they had grabbed hold of a Native American talking stick.
As their colleagues went on the airwaves or rushed to the Senate floor to noisily trade blame over a government shutdown, about two dozen centrist senators from both parties crammed for hours into the Capitol Hill office of Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, to try to chart a civil way out of what Senator Mitch McConnell had called a “box canyon.”
“I needed order,” Ms. Collins said in an interview on Monday, referring to the hand-carved wooden talking stick — a gift from Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota.
Apparently it worked. By Monday afternoon, when the Senate voted overwhelmingly to end the three-day shutdown, the group convened by Ms. Collins was credited with nudging together the Senate leadership toward a deal to reopen the federal government in exchange for a promise from Republican leaders to address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.
At least for now, the group, which calls itself the Common Sense Coalition, fulfilled the hope — long talked about but rarely realized — that a centrist contingent could bridge an otherwise deeply divided Senate. The question was whether it could hold together long enough to forge a much grander bargain over a disparate set of pressing issues before Congress: Raising limits on domestic and military spending, providing disaster relief to storm-ravaged states and a more comprehensive immigration deal to address the Dreamers and border security.
Readings from Proverbs for Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Proverbs 11.14 – Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Prayers for Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Dear God, we pray for the leaders of our nation to work together for the good of the nations.