Congress on Track for Another Government Shutdown

House Speaker John Boehner has refused to negotiate with Democrats on the federal budget, setting the conditions for another government shutdown at the end of September.

The House goes on vacation until after Labor Day at the end of the month. If no deal is in place, it will leave just three weeks to craft a budget compromise before funding for the government expires on Sept. 30.

Senate Democrats have promised to block passage of any budget bills that lock in sequestration cuts. Nothing has yet come to a vote in the Senate. President Obama has threatened to veto any such austerity budget bills.

Over in the House, the Tea-GOP has been unable to gather enough votes for the Interior-Environment appropriations bill (that includes crippling budget cuts to the EPA, would prohibit regulation of fracking or implementation of carbon emission standards for electric power plants, block new clean-water rules, and stop the government’s marine and coastal planning efforts to respond to climate change) because it contains an amendment allowing the confederate flag to be displayed in national parks. Speaker Boehner has placed a complete hold on appropriations bills until the impasse is resolved.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on July 17, 2015 - 2:20 pm

    This is your umpteenth government shutdown post. Maybe we should just vote a Republican in the white house so we don’t have these anymore. 🙂

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on July 17, 2015 - 3:04 pm

      Sadly, the Tea-GOP doesn’t get held accountable for austerity budgets and shutdowns. Low-information voters tend to disassociate cause and effect, but government cutbacks are the biggest drag on the U.S. economy.

      • #3 by Larry Bergan on July 17, 2015 - 8:11 pm

        Obama saved us a ton of money by not invading Iran and a lot of corporations are going to be more then happy to take advantage of an open Iran. The voters will be kept in the dark as usual.

  2. #4 by Richard Warnick on July 30, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    GOP Plan To Avoid September Shutdown: We’ll Get Back To You Later

    There are only about a dozen days that Congress will be in session in September, leaving very little time to work out a deal before the deadline.

  3. #5 by brewski on July 31, 2015 - 4:17 am

    There was no shutdown. It was a ruse. A fake. A con. And you bought it. Sucker.

    • #6 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2015 - 10:35 am

      I was directly affected by the shutdown. It was real enough for me. Not fake at all.

  4. #7 by brewski on August 2, 2015 - 4:00 pm

    You got a paid vacation. Enough with the lies.

    • #8 by Richard Warnick on August 3, 2015 - 6:21 am

      Trust me, it wasn’t like that at all. It was Tea-GOP economic sabotage. And my wife lost her job because of austerity budgeting (aka “sequestration”).

      • #9 by brewski on August 3, 2015 - 6:46 am

        FY 2015 Deficit: $583 billion is not “austerity”

        The Bush deficit that Obama called “irresponsible” at the time:
        FY 2007: $161 billion.

        • #10 by Richard Warnick on August 3, 2015 - 10:03 am

          ‘It’s Sequestration, Stupid’

          Let’s be totally clear, sequestration was an idea so drastic that it was never meant to come to fruition. Unfortunately it did come to fruition and the damage to the lives and livelihoods of Americans has been real.

          Tea-GOP. Economic. Sabotage.

          • #11 by brewski on August 3, 2015 - 10:22 am

            Thanks for the dodge.

          • #12 by Richard Warnick on August 3, 2015 - 4:45 pm

            The “dodge” as you call it, is going to austerity budgets instead of making the 1 Percent pay their fair share of taxes.

  5. #13 by Richard Warnick on August 4, 2015 - 9:03 am

    Donald Trump: Shut Down Government If Necessary To Defund Planned Parenthood

    Donald Trump supports shutting down the government as a way to defund Planned Parenthood, potentially setting the bar for the rest of his fellow GOP presidential candidates currently trailing him in the polls by a large margin.

    • #14 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2015 - 3:15 pm

      Has anybody stopped to think about how Donald Trump made his money, and keeps bouncing back from bankruptcy?

      If you could somehow compile all of the lost lives and families that have been destroyed by gambling, you’d be on to something. Fetuses can’t gamble. If they could, you could could bet Trump would be trying to get some of that bling.

    • #15 by Richard Warnick on August 4, 2015 - 6:24 pm

      Apparently Rafael (“Ted”) Cruz and Randal Howard (“Rand”) Paul also want a government shutdown. That’s three Tea-GOP presidential candidates so far.

      John Ellis (“Jeb”) Bush just says he would cut the funding, without saying how.

      Jeb Bush’s ad-lib offers Dems another gift

      “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars in funding for women’s health programs,” Bush said.

      …The Romneyesque unforced error drew a fast and furious backlash from Democrats, causing Bush to backtrack almost immediately and to acknowledge that he “misspoke.”

      • #16 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2015 - 7:51 pm

        Rafael, Randal, and Piyush huh?

        Rafael seems too transgender, Randal seems too elite, and Piyush seems too Indian.

        I’ve got something over Bernard Sanders: My name was never Lawrence, but I’m not half the man.

      • #17 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2015 - 8:14 pm

        Randal Paul wore a pair of Levis to an event and ticked off the elites he actually identifies with because he wants to be the president so bad, he just couldn’t help it.

        It must drive him crazy that Michael Moore can wear Levis and a baseball hat anywhere and be rich at the same time. Moore is really good at making movies and Paul can’t be president, make movies, or wear Levis. Arrrgh!

  6. #18 by Richard Warnick on August 5, 2015 - 8:02 am

    McConnell’s vow: No more government shutdowns

    McConnell on Tuesday said he is willing to negotiate with Democrats to solve the funding impasse, after refusing for weeks to participate in the budget summit they have been calling for.

    “Let me say it again, no more government shutdowns,” he told reporters.

  7. #19 by Richard Warnick on August 12, 2015 - 2:54 pm

    CBO to Bernie Sanders: Ending sequester could create 1.4 million jobs

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) just gave Democratic Leader Harry Reid an extremely useful gift: he asked the Congressional Budget Office to estimate the effects of ending the sequester—the automatic budget caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. The CBO response should help Reid negotiate a budget deal. Or it would, anyway, if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell really means it when he says he wants to govern.

    • #20 by Amadeus on September 8, 2015 - 4:23 pm

      Governments can always spend more and more and create more and more jobs. All we need to do is convince the government to spend more and more and we would all be fully employed with satisfying and well-paid jobs. The only problem is that we never spend enough.

      • #21 by Larry Bergan on September 8, 2015 - 5:59 pm

        Amadeus! Long time no see!

        How’s Bach doin’ these days?

      • #22 by Richard Warnick on September 8, 2015 - 8:25 pm

        If the Tea-GOP would stop engaging in economic sabotage, then the need for extraordinary job creation programs wouldn’t exist. Another government shutdown is in the works, which is designed to take a toll on ordinary Americans who work for a living.

  8. #23 by Richard Warnick on August 27, 2015 - 4:18 pm

    Sam Stein suggests that the Tea-GOP is not only headed for some government shutdown drama, but also may take the country to the brink of economic catastrophe with another showdown on the debt ceiling.

  9. #25 by Richard Warnick on September 8, 2015 - 3:19 pm

    House Democrat: Shutdown Would Be Due To GOP Taking Government ‘Hostage’

    IMHO they did that already. A shutdown is the equivalent of shooting the hostage.

  10. #26 by Richard Warnick on September 9, 2015 - 4:54 pm

    Dems Say GOP Has Learned Nothing With Shutdown Looming

    “I cannot for the life of me understand what the Republicans expect,” Reid said, adding that there must be a bona fide negotiation to get Democrats on board. “They better consider how they’re going to fund the government. They can’t just jam us with something, ’cause it just won’t work.”

  11. #27 by Richard Warnick on September 10, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    White House urges Republicans to negotiate to avoid government shutdown

    “If Republican leaders maintain their insistence on trying to pass a budget along party lines, then we are going to be headed for a shutdown because it’s clear to anyone who’s been paying attention for the last several months that they don’t have the votes to pass a budget,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

  12. #28 by Richard Warnick on September 12, 2015 - 10:47 am

    The Government May Shut Down Again, And Rand Paul Says Democrats Are To Blame

    A successful strategy to blame Democrats for a government shutdown threat would certainly be great for Republicans. House GOP leaders are reportedly “desperate” to avoid yet another Republican-led fight over the budget that ends in a government shutdown. According to Politico Republican party leaders are rushing to find a way to avoid the inevitable media catastrophe that will occur if they don’t figure out a solution to this Planned Parenthood debacle before funding dries up in three weeks.

  13. #29 by Larry Bergan on September 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

    To me, it’s looking obvious that the Planned Parenthood video’s didn’t just show up unexpectedly. The fact that the Republicans even considered them to prop up another government shutdown points to a coordination between congressmen and the video producers. If that’s true, it’s a disgusting new way to govern. I guess after the fake outrage of “citizens united” and “ACORN” got real successes for these snake oil phonies in congress, why not?

    • #30 by Richard Warnick on September 13, 2015 - 12:36 pm

      The Tea-GOPers are going to hurt themselves. The Dems are united in support of Planned Parenthood, and so are the people.

      • #31 by Larry Bergan on September 13, 2015 - 3:40 pm

        I wonder if governor Herbert feels like a dumbhead for being one of the key figures in this Planned Parenthood hysteria. He didn’t like it when the government shutdown happened last time.

        • #32 by Richard Warnick on September 13, 2015 - 8:32 pm

          As far as I know, the State of Utah never got repaid for spending almost $1 million to reopen national parks during the last federal government shutdown.

          • #33 by Larry Bergan on September 13, 2015 - 8:47 pm

            I was wondering about that.

  14. #34 by Richard Warnick on September 14, 2015 - 9:00 am

    GOP Leadership Scrambles to Avoid Shutdown Over Abortion Fight

    The Tea-GOP House leadership still can’t muster enough votes to keep the federal government operating past September 30.

    • #35 by Larry Bergan on September 14, 2015 - 6:32 pm

      Bernie Sanders got invited to speak at Falwell’s Liberty University and mostly got a subdued welcome from the students who were required to attend.

      Huge applause and cheering came when one of the student’s question’s was read. (Paraphrasing): ‘How can you be for helping children, when you don’t help fetuses?’

      When you try to turn that argument around, you always get a blank look and no reply. 🙁

      • #36 by Richard Warnick on September 14, 2015 - 10:49 pm

        In the Tea-GOP, life begins at conception… and ends at birth.

        • #37 by Larry Bergan on September 15, 2015 - 5:52 am

          We are not to know why. It just is.

        • #38 by Larry Bergan on September 15, 2015 - 5:56 am

          Barry Goldwater just cremated himself in the grave, if he wasn’t already. 🙂

        • #39 by Larry Bergan on September 15, 2015 - 3:35 pm

          NPR totally mislead me concerning Bernie Sander’s speech at Liberty University. See my new top post. 🙁

          • #40 by Richard Warnick on September 15, 2015 - 5:12 pm

            On MSNBC, they explained that most of the cheers came from a section of Bernie supporters up front, who were mostly non-students. However, the actual students who were required to attend received Bernie with polite applause.

  15. #41 by Richard Warnick on September 15, 2015 - 10:06 am

    Anti-Abortion Hardliners Not Budging In Shutdown Fight With GOP Leaders

    The plan hatched by the GOP leadership in Congress to appease abortion hardliners and avoid a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding shows little sign of working so far.

  16. #42 by Richard Warnick on September 17, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    House Leaders Float Yet Another Plan To Break GOP Shutdown Fever Over Abortion

    Will it work? Boehner is offering a plan that neither shuts down the government nor de-funds Planned Parenthood. Will the Tortilla Coast guys go for it?

  17. #43 by Richard Warnick on September 23, 2015 - 11:54 am

    Government Shutdown Would Cut Off Food Stamps To Tens Of Millions, USDA Says

    Unlike the 2013 shutdown when cash reserves allowed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to be disbursed as normal, “USDA will not have the funding necessary for SNAP benefits in October and will be forced to stop providing benefits within the first several days of October,” a spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

  18. #44 by Richard Warnick on September 23, 2015 - 1:25 pm

    Ted Cruz’s Diabolical Shutdown Strategy: Why the GOP Senator Wants to Watch the World Burn

    [T]he right wing is convinced that this is a big winner for them — and frankly, even if it isn’t, they don’t care. To people who believe in the marrow of their bones that government is a bad actor designed to make their lives miserable, shutting it down, even temporarily, is a good thing in and of itself.

  19. #45 by Richard Warnick on September 24, 2015 - 9:50 am

    TPM shutdown update.

    “Boehner may need to allow a shutdown to occur for a few days to give the Freedom Caucus a victory before he can work with Dems on a clean CR,” said Stan Collender, a federal budget expert and executive vice president at Qorvis MSL Group, in an email to TPM.

  20. #46 by Richard Warnick on September 28, 2015 - 1:22 pm

    What The Government Shutdown Conservative Media Are Cheering For Would Actually Do

    A shutdown is generally a waste of valuable time and resources. Even the threat of a shutdown is a waste because of all the advanced planning required.

  21. #47 by Richard Warnick on September 29, 2015 - 1:05 pm

    Republicans Ready For December Shutdown As Boehner Exits

    Conservative members plan to stake their flag in the ground when the next government funding battle starts in December, vowing to once again press whoever is the next speaker to attach provisions that strip Planned Parenthood and Obamacare funding, and restrict money from being used to implement the president’s Iran nuclear deal.

    “This December is probably going to be the worst ever; I think some really bad things could happen,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said of the next funding deadline, alluding to a possible shutdown over such controversial issues.

    • #48 by Larry Bergan on September 29, 2015 - 4:21 pm

      “I think some really bad things could happen”, he says with pride. 🙁

      When Peter King is the voice of reason, it’s time to actually throw the baby out with the bath water and start from scratch.

      “These guys have set impossible standards,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) coming out of Tuesday’s meeting. “They want Obamacare repealed, it cant be done so long as President Obama is the president. I mean, their enemy is not Boehner or McConnell, it’s the Constitution.”

      McCarthy huh? You’ve got to love that name.

  22. #49 by Richard Warnick on September 29, 2015 - 3:54 pm

    Richard Brodsky on the Shutdown Caucus (aka “Freedom Caucus”):

    There is more at stake for all of us than the name and ideology of the next Speaker. There is a struggle for the soul of American democracy. We are being required to re-examine our basic commitment to constitutional government. We are deciding whether a faction, numbering less than 40 of 535 elected representatives, can do to the Constitution what civil war, economic collapse, and enormous social change was never able to do: Undo the basic understanding of how we govern ourselves.

  23. #50 by Richard Warnick on September 30, 2015 - 12:48 pm

    Government Could Shut Down For Months This Winter. Here’s What Democrats Can Do Right Now To Stop It

    On the day that Boehner announced his plans to step down, many observers hoped that a one-year spending bill would be his final gift to a grateful nation. Now it looks like we’ll only get a little more than two months before the next shutdown crisis.

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