After House Republicans withdrew their proposed debt deal on Tuesday evening, Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said they were ready to reopen negotiations to end the shutdown and avert a default.
Now, House Republican lawmakers and aides are saying they're ready to throw in the towel and accept a Senate deal:
Email from Republican lawmaker: "Time to roll over."
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 15, 2013
"It's all over. We'll take Senate deal." -GOP aide
— Jonathan Strong (@j_strong) October 15, 2013
"Boss heard Boehner will bring [Senate deal] to the floor... House action probably over." --House GOP aide, via e-mail.
— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) October 15, 2013
House Republicans withdrew their Tuesday proposal when conservative groups -- namely the Heritage Foundation, Red State and FreedomWorks -- slammed the deal as unacceptable.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), chairman of the Rules Committee, told The National Review that House Republicans are now just "waiting for the Senate to get their work done." He said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gave members of the House the evening to get up to speed.
"We’re trying to make sure that what we’re doing, people know about and they can prepare and study for,” Sessions said.
Of course, before the House can even consider a deal, it must pass the Senate with unanimous consent. Whether it's really "over" hinges on the concession of the chamber's most reluctant members.