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Government Shutdown Off For Now

Government Shutdown Off For Now

 

Crisis averted…once more our government is free to run without fear of shutdown.

Well, at least until the next new stalemate.

The turnaround started with a thorough accounting that showed that FEMA had enough money to continue operating until Thursday, not Tuesday like it had previously believed.  Thanks to that extra stash of cash, the agency is officially able to operate until the end of the fiscal year (September 30th), and will dive into next year’s funding on October 1st.

As Ezra Klein points out, the standoff resolved itself, there wasn’t much real give or take involved.  With the majority of the disaster spending problem taken care of, the Senate was able to pass a bill that then covered the last bit of funds still needed, taking most of the matching cuts off the table, too.  The House Republicans have agreed to the terms and said they will not block the Continuing Resolution (CR) when they come back for a vote Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling the deal a “win for everyone.”  Speaker of the House John Boehner, on the other hand, is calling it a win for the Republicans, saying, “We won this fight,” on a call to fellow Republicans.   And so the partisan bickering continues.

The CR only funds the government until mid-November, so we can look forward to playing the shutdown game again in about 6 weeks.

 

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4:59PM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IS TRULY AN EMBARRASSMENT TO ME!! SURE WOULD LOVE TO TELL ALL OF THEM THAT RIGHT NOW!! CONGRESS RIGHT NOW IS DISGUSTING TO SAY THE LEAST!! EVER SINCE I WAS OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW ABOUT POLITICS - I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN SO ASHAMED OF OUR GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW. IT'S THE PITS & ANYONE WHO THINKS ANY DIFFERENTLY - THEN YOU ARE JUST AS BAD AS THEY ARE; WHICH IS ALSO HORRIBLE!!!

8:13PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not ……. A Congress!

Look it up!

5:59PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

David J. Yes stonewalling, and walking out when you don't get your way is effectively 'shutting down the government'. Unlike republicans, Democrats have always been willing to compromise all the way up until very recently. But they are now becoming wise to republican anti-humanity tactics and are getting really tired of their idiocy. So now Democrats are starting to show some backbone and aren't backing down any more.

5:24PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Hey Nick...how many glasses of hooch to come up with that one...oooooeee.....eh?

5:17PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

By the look on his face, I think Boner just realized that he stepped on his peepee. He can't control Cantor, he can't get "his" party to even back bills that they sponsor. It finally dawns on him that his is the one in a no will situation. He might as well resign now. Talk about a one hit wonder, can't get anything done, shows a distinct lack of leadership, etc. I really feel sorry for him, he finally ascends to the position he has always coveted, and then finds out he can't handle because his own party is out to destroy the country and he is just collateral damage.

4:55PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I know that look on Boehner's face, it's called, oh oh diarrhea

3:33PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Definition of Congress-the power of stupidity to overcome rational thought. This is why 82 percent of people disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. It's time to start thinking about the American people who provide you with a pay check....

8:54AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

And we can look forward to crisis after crisis as long as our spender-in-chief believes that money just grows on trees, and as long as he's assured that his kids will be okay, never mind ours.

Perhaps someone should explain the words DEBT and BUDGET to him?

8:44AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Thank God.

8:33AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Since when in a compassionate nation is drastically needed disaster relief such as this subject to this kind of blackmail as from the House ,David J? Also,the House delayed walking the bill to the Senate chamber 10 hours.

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