House Republicans opened a debt limit meeting Tuesday morning with a group singing of “Amazing Grace.”

“All three verses, without the words written out,” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) told a New York Times reporter. “Isn’t that impressive?”

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-IL), who was in charge of leading the morning prayer, broke out in song, and slowly the entire group began to sing along, a LA Times writer reported.

After hearing about the other chamber’s singing exploits, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) could not resist commenting.

“Isn’t that usually sung at funerals?” he told The Huffington Post.

House Republicans are currently discussing legislation that would delay a tax on medical devices for two years and eliminate health care subsidies for the president and Congress, although Congressional staffers would still be covered.

The bill contrasts with a Senate bill that barely touches Obamacare. Both the bills could potentially set the stage for another financial showdown next year as they call for the government to re-open through mid-January and extend the debt-limit into February. However, they would also require that a broader tax and spending plan into the next decade be reached by negotiators in December.

Continue Reading on