Government shutdown is all but a certainty as House Republicans decided that they won’t pass anymore bills late Monday, the Washington Post reports. Thanks to the Republicans, the shutdown will cost billions. The same billions they claim they are trying to save. This is a sad day for America because we are a laughingstock on the international stage. The Republicans have made it their mission, from day 1 of Barack Obama’s presidency, to make it a complete failure, even if it means destroying the very fabric of this country.
The shutdown will begin early Tuesday, following a bitter day on Capitol Hill in which the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected two separate House Republican proposals to fund the government with riders attached that would have impaled President Obama’s health-care law.
Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) intends to instead ask for a House-Senate conference to hash out the differences in the two chambers’ proposals – a process that would take many days and leave hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed awaiting the results of the negotiations.
More from the Washington Post:
A key bloc of conservative lawmakers has endorsed the short-term spending plan poised to be approved by the GOP-controlled House later Monday.
The Republican Study Committee, with 175 members, is the largest caucus of any kind on Capitol Hill. The group’s steering committee unanimously approved the plan, likely securing enough votes to ensure passage.
“This bill ensures that all Members of Congress and the White House will finally have to live by the same laws that have been passed, just like all Americans,” RSC Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said in a statement. “Either Obamacare is good enough that it should apply to all or it is so bad that it should apply to none. It is time for the sweetheart deals and backroom exemptions to end.”
The plan is still running into resistance from some conservative groups, including Heritage Action, who want a full defunding of Obamacare instead. Some more moderate members of the GOP may also vote against it, according to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), because they no longer want to risk a shutdown.
Here’s Eric Cantor’s latest tweet:
Members are advised: the House will vote tonight to adopt a motion insisting on our last amendment and request a conference with the Senate.
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) October 1, 2013
Harry Reid’s latest tweet:
Been carrying this in my wallet a long time. It shows you how long Republicans have been wrong about health care. pic.twitter.com/28wUy9Fjls
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) September 30, 2013