Get Ready, We May Have Another Government Shutdown In The Works

 

There’s nothing the Republican Party seems to like more than causing a crisis in order to have their own way.  The debt ceiling downgrade, the near total shutdown in April over the lack of a budget, working against a deadline and holding the country hostage as a negotiating tactic is their forte.

And it looks like we’re back there again.  This time, the issue is adding more money to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) so that it can help with disaster aid and recovery.  Republicans have said they will authorize an increase in FEMA spend…soon.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on the other hand, has demanded it be included in the next continuing resolution bill that will fund the government after the end of the month.

Republicans have previously said that they won’t provide FEMA with any more money unless it’s accompanied by additional budgetary cuts to offset the spending.  And with the House not even considering the stand-alone FEMA funding bill yet, Reid has a reason to be worried.   The GOP at this point is arguing for the continuing resolution to be passed and asking Democrats to worry about FEMA funding later, claiming they’re good for it.  But as Reid puts it, “The tea-party-driven House of Representatives has been so unreasonable in the past, I don’t know why they should suddenly be reasonable.”

Are we on the brink of shutdown again?  Frankly, it wouldn’t be too surprising anymore.

UPDATE: The House has defeated the continuing resolution that required spending offsets for disaster relief, making a potential shutdown even more possible.
 

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45 comments

Lynda Markowski
Lynda Markowski4 years ago

they need to do something every time they threaten a shut down people that rely on SSI disability to survive have to worry if they are soon to be homeless. not to mention all the other problems they create because they cant even do a simple little job. If I sucked that bad at my job I would have been fired along time ago!!!

Donna P.
Donna P.4 years ago

Shut it down, the LESS GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE, THE BETTER.

Robby C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Allen J - "Maybe make all politicians receive little above minimum wage to attract people who truly wish to improve this nation..." I agree w/that!

Ted V- Yes, BOTH parties cater to the wealthy in their own ways. And SS? They refer to it as an "entitlement program." Of course, they fail to mention that people have paid into it (forced to) all their lives. So the big question is- where is the money? There shouldn't be any borrowing to get it back! But they've been stealing it for years.

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Oh dear. What a disgrace for our country.

Lin Moy
Lin M4 years ago

It should be against the law to shut down everytime some one doesn't get their way. We can.t say we aren't going to pay bills because we are shutting down.These people need about 6 months back in the reality of our life.

Ted V.
Ted V.4 years ago

Robby;


They're equally guilty for the same reason, because the dems and the repubs are both on the multi-$1,000,000,000 corporate take, and don't want to make them pay their share, so pretend it's SS and Medicare, into which we've paid payroll taxes, that are causing the budget deficit, not the multi-$1,000,000,000 corporations' greed.

They're equally guilty but for different reasons. The repubs are whacked, out to destroy the dems, and everything that makes life worthwhile, even possible, for little guys like us, and the dems are worthlesss spineless lily-livered cowards who won't stand up for us.

On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 2:47 AM, Care2 wrote:
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Steve R- well put! While I am completely & totally against cutting SS & medicare, etc, I am also opposed to the ridiculous overspending that continues to exist. We have to find a comprimise somewhere, but neither side will. And of course, here, it is all the republicans fault. Just depends on what site you're reading. In reality, they are both as guilty as can be...


They're equally guilty for the same reason, because the dems and the repubs are both on the multi-$1,000,000,000 corporate take, and don't want to make them pay their share, so pretend it's SS and Medicare, into which we've paid payroll taxes, that are causing the budget deficit, not the multi-$1,000,000,000 corporations' greed.

They're equally guilty but for different reasons. The repubs are

Allen J.
Allen J.4 years ago

Thanks for the article. We need to get people who care for America's citizens in office rather than these self-centered politicians who currently make decisions that effect all of the country. Maybe make all politicians receive little above minimum wage to attract people who truly wish to improve this nation rather than line their pockets, treat them like they are treating teachers and see who stays and who rises to the task-see who actually cares for their fellow citizens.

Robby C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Steve R- well put! While I am completely & totally against cutting SS & medicare, etc, I am also opposed to the ridiculous overspending that continues to exist. We have to find a comprimise somewhere, but neither side will. And of course, here, it is all the republicans fault. Just depends on what site you're reading. In reality, they are both as guilty as can be...

diana b.
diana b.4 years ago

LINDA T. MUST BE A GOP/TEAPARTY, WAIT UNTIL SHE OR SOME ONE IN HER FAMILY IS HIT BY A TRAGADY, SHE AND OTHERS LIKE HER WILL SING A DIFFERENT TUNE THEN!!!!!!. LET HER HAVE A DISABLED HUSBAND OR CHILD. REPUBLICIANS DO NOT UNDERSTAND UNTIL THEY ARE HURTING TOO. SHE IS ONE GREAT BIG WHINER. DIANA

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V.4 years ago

I am one of the most peace loving people you would ever meet and my daughter says I am too much of a Pacifist but this really pisses me right OFF. It would not bother me one bit to hear tomorrow that EVERY thing, notice I said THING not person, but everything that every Republican or Tea Party member in office owned had been wiped off the face of the earth by tornadoes, fires, floods or earthquakes. These people are slime; no they would have to move UP in the world to be called slime. To be greedy is one thing but to be totally without morals, ethics or a heart is quite another. I guess they really can put a price tag on human life and it is not very high. There are indeed death panels and we call them Republicans and the Tea Party.