In the absence of a budget agreement between Republicans and Democrats, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was forced to call a vote this afternoon for yet another Continuing Resolution to keep the government open and provide funding for the troops for another week. To this, Barack Obama called the CRA a “distraction.” The CRA is the mechanism that will fund our troops. Obama has vowed to veto the short-term bill if it arrives on his desk. Apparently with a straight-face, Obama wrote and released this today:
For the past several weeks, the Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to find common ground on the shared goal of cutting spending. After giving the Congress more time by signing short-term extensions into law, the President believes that we need to put politics aside and work out our differences for a bill that covers the rest of the fiscal year. This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and avert a disruptive Federal Government shutdown that would put the Nation’s economic recovery in jeopardy. Source: MajorityLeader.gov
At this time, Speaker Boehner and the Republicans are holding firm that significant and pertinent cuts must be made to bring back financial health to the country. I heard a Democrat today complain that it would not be fair for those receiving assistance with college tuition to be put through a government shutdown. That’s just one example of what Democrats are too dim to understand – that if we lose our Nation’s credit worthiness, this country will be lost. We must do something, in fact, we must do a lot. Government funded college tuitions are another fly in the cauldron of irresponsible spending.
This minute (1:40 pm CDT) Boehner and Reid have exited another White House meeting. Reid is at the microphone saying there is still no deal, and he says a government shutdown will be disastrous especially for security, but what I’m hearing is that security agencies will not be cut – in any way.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said today, the Republican cuts are responsible, and Democrats can either accept it or deal with a shutdown. “That’s it. That’s the choice,” he said.
The bottom line is this, Democrats did not think Boehner was strong enough to shut down the government if the demands of the majority were not met. Prayerfully, I suggest they may be wrong. In the November 2010 elections, there was a strong mandate for the exact changes Republicans are trying to bring about. Prayerfully, I suggest Republicans will NOT be blamed by anyone with half a mind if a shutdown occurs.
The House has just passed another one week continuing resolution. FIFTEEN Democrats voted with Republicans for the Continuing Resolution, including several senior Congressmen. Now it’s up to the Senate. What magic can Harry Reid make happen? How fast can Obama use his veto pen?
The measure, passed 247-181, would cut another $12 billion in spending this year and fund the Pentagon at current levels through Sept. 30. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, called the bill a “non-starter.”