A shutdown now would have much worse fallout than the one in 1995. Back then, seven of the government’s 13 appropriations bills had been signed into law, including the two that funded the military. So most of the government was untouched by the shutdown. Many of the unfunded agencies kept operating at a reduced level for the shutdown’s three weeks by using funds from past fiscal years. – Karl Rove
JOHN BOEHNER recalled a plaque Newt Gingrich kept in his office that said, “Listen, learn, help and lead.” Mr. Boehner has evidently forgotten what lead means, either that or there’s no leading the crazy House Republican caucus. Watching Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio squirm in the Senate on this could be very entertaining.
The reversal by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) raises the stakes in a fiscal fight that could shutter much of the federal government. The continuing resolution (CR), which the House plans to vote on as soon as Thursday, is likely to be dead on arrival in the Senate, where Democratic leaders have vowed to reject any attempt to unravel President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.
During a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning, GOP leaders also told members they would move legislation in the next week to raise the federal debt ceiling while delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a year and laying out a path forward for tax reform and the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline “” all Republican priorities.
Conservatives applauded the shift, a week after they rebelled against a leadership plan that would merely have forced the Senate to vote separately on a measure defunding the healthcare law.
“It looks like they did exactly what we wanted them to do,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said.
Led to this partially by the right-wing extremists on radio, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh on point, the outcome will be the same.
Republicans who had supported the leadership’s original plan and opposed a direct assault on ObamaCare in the shutdown fight said they would reluctantly support the more aggressive approach. But Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) predicted that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would simply wait until the last minute and return a bill to the House that contained funding for the healthcare law and higher overall spending.
“I suspect that some of the people who might be very pleased with the tactic today might be very unhappy sometime late next week,” Dent said.
The real problem remains the debt ceiling, with leading Republicans like Gov. Rick Perry going on CNN braying that there’s no consequences for the United States of America defaulting on paying our bills.
The good news, if the shutdown happens, is that Republicans will deservedly get the blame as the party who is all talk and no governance, just like they did in 1996.
At that moment all of the critiques of President Obama will pale in comparison to the Republican rabble in the House who once again will prove they don’t have our country’s interests at heart.
This post has been updated.