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House All but Seals Fate for Government Shutdown Tuesday
Posted on Sep 29, 2013
As the federal government careens toward a likely shutdown after midnight Monday, a couple of aspects of the power play by the tea party-powered House Republicans stand out: their delusions over what the American public wants, and their fixation on birth control.
First, while you were sleeping, the House voted early Sunday to send to the Senate a bill that would delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a year in return for, in effect, living up to its responsibility to set a budget for the coming year. Senate Democrats—and some Republicans—reject the House version, and even if they approved, President Obama says he would veto it. A separate measure would keep paychecks flowing to active-duty military personnel, a signal that the House Republicans expect the government to shut down.
It’s a somber thing, voting to toy with the U.S. economy over a petty and vindictive political fight, though the House Republicans didn’t seem to see it that way, according to The New York Times:
Their exuberance could have had something to do with booze, according to Politico reporter Ginger Gibson (an observation shared by other reporters, as well), who Tweeted:
The Republicans claim they are pushing the issue because it is what the American public wants them to do. Yet a New York Times/CBS News poll last week found an overwhelming level of opposition to politicians using such extortionate strategies in the budget process.
Democrats, of course, blame the Republicans, and the Republicans blame the Democrats, according to the poll. Bizarrely, independents were split evenly over who was at fault for the looming crisis, even though “three-quarters of independents say that Republicans in Congress are not making any attempt to find common ground with the president.”
And while they were at it, the Republicans added a measure to the budget bill that would allow employers or health plans to drop contraception coverage from health plans, according to CNN:
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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