As if congress does not have enough to manage with a frail economy, a budget of epic woes, the war on terrorism, energy independence, education, okay, the point needs to extend no further, so, lets cut to the chase, and shoot lawmakers a Red-Bull of common sense.
The short of it, If congress fails to pass a funding resolution this week its lights out, and forget about getting on with the business that American’s desperately need lawmakers to address.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is not pressing for a pull the rug from out under the taxpayers feet, telling a group of religious broadcaster on Sunday that a federal government shutdown was not right and not what the electorate needed.
“Americans want the government to stay open, and they want it to spend less money,” Boehner said.
A winter recess for lawmakers ends today, and they will have to start immediately working on and pass a resolution to keep government functioning before the clock strikes midnight Friday.
Democrats and Republicans have been sparing over a GOP plan to cut $61 billion in spending for this fiscal year, which ends in September. Democrats say the cuts are over the top. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pushed a spending freeze that Republicans rejected.
A few days ago, its as if the congressional train would fall off the tracks, but now seemingly an air of restraint and a hand of compromise is in the offing.
Democratic Senator Kent Conrad said the Republicans’ interim spending plan will likely lead to lead to an agreement on temporarily funding the government.
”It is acceptable to me to have $4 billion in savings in a two-week package,”said Senator Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, referring to a Republican plan offered last week,” said Conrad.
Senator Bob Casey Jr.(D-PA) also believes a remedy is within reach, and you can hear what he has to say by viewing the video on Rock The Capital.
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