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Democrats who are angry that Republicans have proposed spending bills that hike defense while continuing to cut other domestic programs have begun to filibuster all of those appropriations measures in the Senate, saying it's the only way to make Republicans negotiate and compromise on some items sought by Democrats and President Barack Obama. Obama has also threatened to veto those bills.
Not incidentally, if Congress is still fighting over spending bills in September, when the fiscal year ends, not only will it be facing a government shutdown, but also a looming exhaustion of the nation's current $18.1 trillion debt limit. The country hit the limit in March, and the Treasury Department has been employing what are known as "extraordinary measures" to keep the bills paid. That ability should run out around November, at which point the nation would be facing a default if Congress does not act to raise the debt cap.
But in any case, I'm not worried about an actual shutdown, I'm more annoyed at yet ANOTHER pointless budget squabble going to be dragged out to the last minute so some crappy solution can be rammed through at the last minute, which is what happened to last so many times this has occurred. It is getting tedious.
originally posted by: VictorVonDoom
When the government has to shut down the NSA spying program, the Gitmo torture facility, and the IRS, then I will take a government shutdown seriously.
"I would hope that Republicans do the right thing". Steny Hoyer
WASHINGTON — From environmental and work force regulations to health care and contraception, congressional Republicans are using spending bills to try to dismantle President Obama’s policies, setting up a fiscal feud this fall that could lead to a government shutdown. Even a planned papal visit to Congress in late September has added to the intrigue as the clock on a budget deal winds down. “A lot of things are moving toward some kind of a climax,” said Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, who is pushing for negotiations now rather than later. “I think we’re asking the pope to do too much, but hey, mood is important to the legislative process.” The House and Senate appropriations committees are churning out annual spending bills, dropping the bipartisanship that has long characterized the committees. The bills adhere to strict overall spending limits imposed in 2011 that Mr. Obama has already said he will not accept.
i had not heard of the highway funding issue before reading the above article so found that interesting
Already they are deep into the blame game with Democrats over who would be responsible if a shutdown does happen, with House Speaker John Boehner denouncing Democrats' "dangerously misguided strategy" and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi accusing Boehner and his Republicans of pursuing "manufactured crises." The funding deadline does not even arrive until Sept. 30, but lawmakers face more immediate tests, too. Near the top of the list is renewing highway funding before the government loses authority July 31 to send much-needed transportation money to the states right in the middle of summer driving season. Read more: www.businessinsider.com...
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
So what say you ATS? Another few months of pointless bickering, followed by a last minute game of "kick the can down the road"?
originally posted by: Isurrender73
a reply to: Krazysh0t
After watching Jesse Venturas video about how laws come to pass with literally no one there to vote against it, what do these morons do everyday?
They pass laws when no one is present. And can't get anything done when they are all present.
Our political system is a dysfunctional joke.