Obama Pushes for Debt Deal While Dismissing Republican Plan - Businessweek

July 17 (Bloomberg) -- While President Barack Obama publicly presses congressional leaders for a multitrillion- dollar agreement in deficit-cutting talks he said are “running out of time,” aides privately are negotiating the framework of a possible compromise.

As negotiators near an Aug. 2 deadline for raising the U.S. debt ceiling, the president is relying on the pulpit of news conferences to hold lawmakers to his challenge for a major deal. Out of the spotlight, he is relying on some of his top aides to press congressional leaders for a more likely agreement.
Looks like McConnell's plan is still moving forward. I assume this is because there is a very real probability that the Republicans will honor their pledge.

Such pledges should be illegal.