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0903, 19 Jan 18

Governing by Crisis

I hate, hate, hate this cycle of bad governance. In lieu of an actually budget, the Congress just periodically passes short-term spending bills. And then both parties use the “crisis” as an excuse to wrangle through their pet priorities of the moment. And all of this under the threat of a “government shutdown” that barely shuts down anything. Whatever.

The House a cleared a must-pass bill Thursday night to fund the government through Feb. 16, sending the measure to the Senate as lawmakers scramble to avoid a government shutdown amid a fight over the fate of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.

The measure passed by a 230-197 vote, with a handful of Republicans joining Democrats in voting against the measure.

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus largely backed the measure, after spending much of the day in negotiations with the White House and GOP leaders over concerns about military funding levels and the larger debate between the White House and Capitol Hill over immigration reform.

The package would fund the government through mid-February, and also includes a measure to renew funds for a program, known as CHIP, providing low-income children with health insurance for six years.



0903, 19 January 2018


  1. billphoto

    That is why Congress’ approval rating is what it is.

  2. Mike

     Lock them in the Senate Chamber and let them conduct a real filibuster. The only nourishment being cold stale pizza and warm flat soda. We’ll let them out once they pass the bill.

  3. dad29

    And while they’re locked in there, cut off their pay.

    None of this “back-pay” crap, either.  If Schumer thinks that illegals are that important, let him live like the soldiers and sailors who protect his stinking ass.

  4. billphoto

    Trump’s FY2018 budget was submitted to Congress March 16. 2017 to pay for government operations from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.  Four CRs later, Congress is still kicking the can down the road.

    No doubt, there are partisans that will blame one party over the other but the reality is they are all to blame.  Cutting off the pay to the millionaires that are our elected officials may not be effective.  I am more in favor of  the ‘Lord of the Flies’ approach.  Lock ’em in – “cold stale pizza and warm flat soda” does seem generous – and wait.

    Realistically, I don’t see where we have much to lose.  We could prosecute the survivors for their actions effectively ridding ourselves of the whole bunch.  Possibly, their replacements could be as bad but, in my opinion, considering the worthless bunch we have now, the replacements would most likely be an improvement.

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