Hardline Right-Wing GOP House Members Threaten Another Government Shutdown

Government shutdown


A letter signed by at least 18 right-wing Republicans urges House Speaker John Boehner to bring up a “clean” continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government at the low sequester level when money expires on Jan. 15. This could subvert a budget agreement being negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) to mitigate some of the painful sequester cuts. Without an agreement, the result will be another GOP government shutdown.

The sequester orders 2014 spending at $967 billion — hardline conservatives don’t want to spend a penny more than that. Ryan and Murray are close to a deal that raises spending to about $1 trillion. Democrats roundly oppose sequester spending levels and many Republicans, especially defense hawks, want to ease the cuts because they believe they’re unsustainable and damaging to national security. House Republican leaders support the Ryan-Murray framework but are often at the mercy of their right flank.

Progressives are not happy with the emerging Ryan-Murray budget deal either. It would cut off emergency unemployment insurance and it won’t close any tax loopholes. The deal may also cut some $20 billion from federal employee pensions.

House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) released his own budget proposal (PDF) Thursday.

More info:
The Real People Whose Lives Will Be Turned Upside Down If Congress Doesn’t Act In The Next Three Weeks

UPDATE: Shutdown fervor starting to gel among hardline Republicans

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 8, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Reduce the deficit with “war savings”? Come on Van Hollen. That was a joke, right?

  2. #2 by cav on December 8, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    I only wish we could shut down the GOP government!

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on December 9, 2013 - 1:04 am



    What does that stand for?

    Gods Of Propaganda?

    Sho ain’t Government Of the People!

    Hate to be belligerent, but my options are decreasing.

    Have an address, but don’t have a gun. Let’s talk.

  4. #5 by cav on December 9, 2013 - 9:28 am

    It’s either shut the government down or go to war with China!

    Our republican saviors do not wish the later. That simple.

    That and drowning it in a bath-tub.

    I confess: I’ve reached a new low…I can no longer read this crap.

  5. #6 by Frank Kafka on December 9, 2013 - 4:54 pm

    This is the new reality in a world increasingly able to deny US funds invasion into their economies, the bric nations, the denomination of Russian oil sales to China in Renminbi, and the subsequent denial of manipulation by US fraud banking and money creation. The US dollar as reserve currency status is ending. Printing masses of more dollars will just fuel inevitable hyperinflation.

    It is the result of Empire overreach and the now proven inability of the US to manage its own fiscal affairs, nor its material ones,..for the whole world to see.. as it appears increasingly unable to shove the raw printed worth less US dollar down the throats of the nations of the World. Just too bad. The gravy train is ending. Whoa Dad.

    As a result you have this cause and effect thing happening, as when you cause to have no money, then the governing functions have no more effect. Kinda Bhuddist that way.

    The gnashing of teeth seen by the fiscal right is just the vocal expression of a nation engaged in fantasy and wholesale fiscal madness. Outcome not guaranteed.

  6. #7 by Frank Kafka on December 9, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    What to do with all these old people? Pay their pensions and entitlements?

    It really is at this point mathematically unthinkable..The security systems have been looted, once this sinks in People will stop yammering about the government having all this money to do what not, when all it really has is debt and chits..

    Somebody should cancel their insurance. Oh wait, that’s well underway and was all part of the plan. Time to stop spending? History shows the way.

    • #8 by Richard Warnick on December 10, 2013 - 7:32 am

      The rich borrowed the money to give themselves tax cuts, and Bush borrowed more for an illegal war. Now they will repay the debt. Simple as that.

      • #9 by brewski on December 10, 2013 - 8:13 am

        You mean the illegal war Hillary voted for? That one?

        • #10 by cav on December 10, 2013 - 8:57 am

          When our ‘best and brightest’ are suckered or cowed in such a way, it really is time for a rewrite.

          Instead, they carry on as if it were all some act of god the greater while profits go through the roof and restructuring to legitimize the crimes becomes the new work of government.

          • #11 by brewski on December 10, 2013 - 9:14 am

            If Hillary is our best and brightest then we are in big trouble.

        • #12 by Richard Warnick on December 10, 2013 - 9:15 am

          I think Hillary was wrong to vote for the Iraq AUMF, but remember that the reason the invasion was illegal was because the Bush administration failed to obtain a UN Security Council resolution. Colin Powell’s unconvincing WMD song and dance came after the AUMF, as did Bush’s decision to order an illegal war of aggression.

          Anyway, the point is that President Bush put the invasion and occupation of Iraq on the national credit card rather than raise taxes on the rich.

      • #13 by Frank Kafka on December 10, 2013 - 6:30 pm

        I have beachfront in Florida and a bridge in Brooklyn for sale..the checks in the mail, and oh yes, obama yes, he did come in your mouth..

      • #14 by Frank Kafka on December 10, 2013 - 6:33 pm

        I have beachfront in Florida and a bridge in Brooklyn for sale..the checks in the mail, and oh yes, obama yes, he did come in your mouth..pay it back…bwhahahaha…

  7. #15 by cav on December 9, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    Thank you, hello, and season’s greetings.

    A little dower, but I guess we should be thankful you saw fit to withhold mentioning the strip-mined planet, and Fuckyoushima.

    Seriously, thanks.

  8. #16 by Frank Kafka on December 10, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    That’s dour, to be accurate.

    As for the pathogen killing all West Coast starfish currently, it is borne in water, and has even enetered the Monterrey Bay aquarium and killed its starfish as well..maybe its radiation from Fukishima, maybe it ‘aint, one thing’s for sure, the Starfish up in the PNW,…are literally..melting…

    • #17 by cav on December 10, 2013 - 9:51 pm

      I stand corrected.

  9. #18 by Frank Kafka on December 10, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Hillary is a mass war criminal, multiple times over, the only thing she is candidate for if America is to survive, is a gravity bomb with a rope around her neck.

  10. #19 by Larry Bergan on December 10, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    I’ve been hearing that Paul Ryan has worked out a deal that will delay the government shutdown for two years. Lot’s of cuts and no tax increases.

    Keep it Paul. No new compromises, Democrats. Wake up!

    • #20 by Richard Warnick on December 10, 2013 - 7:57 pm

      I was going to write a post, but this is too depressing. Right after Christmas, 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment insurance. The proposal doesn’t touch one corporate tax loophole, gives more money to the military, and takes from federal employee pensions.

      But the Tea-GOP may kill it.

      • #21 by Larry Bergan on December 11, 2013 - 7:27 pm

        Who is this Patty Murray? She seems just giddy to be selling this junk bill. Van Hollen’s smile seems strained and it should be since he wanted war cuts.

        It’s obvious congress really wants the budgets to fail. I think there are only two, but a couple of states have risen from the ashes by RAISING taxes on the rich and even they compromised. What is it going to take? Can somebody just shake these men by their $2000 lapels?

        Unemployment benefits cut after Christmas? Well, we all know suicides go up at the holidays, there are just going to be more of them. What’s to worry? Perhaps more gun thefts?

  11. #22 by cav on December 11, 2013 - 10:52 pm

    It figures….

    Aide Arrested On Child Porn Charges Was One Of ‘GOP’s Top Strategists’


  12. #23 by cav on December 12, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Paul Ryan and ‘giddy democrat’ busy formulating ‘bipartisan’ econ policy.

    It isn’t just IOIYAR anymore, although that still often applies. It is IOITMOTUOY (Its okay if the Masters of the Universe own you).

    They forget that they, too, first and foremost, are public employees.

    Pink slips are long overdue.

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