by Countable | Updated on 3.21.18
The likelihood of a third partial government shutdown in as many months this year is increasing, as Congress has limited time to finalize and pass a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill before midnight Friday.
The final version of the bill is expected to be released today in advance of a House vote Thursday to send it to the Senate. Unless the Senate unanimously agrees to bypass procedural hurdles, a passage vote on the bill may not happen until Saturday morning — meaning that funding would lapse prompting another government shutdown.
Funding levels aside, some of the same issues which led to the last two shutdowns remain a thorn in the side of negotiators. Those include addressing the status of DACA recipients, providing additional border security funding, and whether to include a bill to improve reporting of criminal records to the NICS background check system.
Congress’s dysfunctional funding of the government is nothing new and lawmakers know that something needs to change. They’ve introduced bills to switch Congress from annual budgeting to a two-year budget cycle, and to withhold members of Congress’s pay if they fail to pass a budget or if the government shuts down.
January’s 69-hour shutdown came about when Senate Democrats blocked a short-term funding bill over the lack of an immigration reform deal addressing the status of DACA recipients and an agreement on long-term spending caps. February’s shutdown lasted through the early morning hours of February 9th after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) delayed the bill procedurally because of his concerns about the impact of raising spending caps on the deficit.
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Congress should be beholden to constituents, not their donors. They are paralyzed because they are dancing to the tunes of the Koches, Mercer’s and the NRA.
Their pay should be withheld without a budget. There should be a Constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget every year or two years. It should specify that the budget be cut if their is a deficit and that any surplus be directed toward debt. No government “mathematics “, actual income vs out go is balanced. The amendment should also restrict spending to what is mandated by the Constitution.
Congressman John Katko. If I was as bad at my job as you are at yours, I’d be unemployed. You take campaign money from gun groups, pharmaceutical companies, and fossil fuel burning energy interests. The upstate New Yorkers that elected you are old and dying and there will be less of them at the polls in 2018. The voters in your gerrymandered district want legal weed, assault weapons off the street, and real investment in renewable energy. So we look forward to voting you out of office and replacing you with professor Dana Balter.
What a bunch of crap that the Republicans control all three divisions of the government and they can’t pass anything of substance because they are not being bipartisan nor good conservators if our country because their tax cuts are going to end up bankrupting our country just like Ex-governor Brownback did the State of Kansas.
Stop the madness!! Politicians need to start listening to their constituents!! There should be NO FUNDING OFF ANY WALL in the budget‼️ No CUTS TO MEDICARE, MEDICAID & programs that help the veterans, the disabled, the poor & middle class. These programs are NOT ENTITLEMENTS. Spend money on our dangerous crumbling infrastructure. Do your job or get out & we will elect people who will!!!
No anti-gun amendments, no pork spending, no waste. No funding for Planned Parenthood. Fund the wall. Don’t add to the debt ceilings. Get it done or shut it down.
Suspend the pay of ALL congress members until they start working for their constituents. It’s called being suspended without pay for non-performance. Get your shit together or be prepared to be voted out. We The People....are pissed.
Don’t fund murder of babies! (Abortion, Planned Parenthood). No amnesty for illegal aliens. Secure our borders. No more wasteful spending. Stop funding Palestinian terrorists(Hamas) and other countries that give safe haven to terrorists. We need to pass a real budget and not short term bandaids.
DO NOT SACRIFICE DREAMERS! We need to take a firm stance for PROGRESSIVE policies as they are ANALYTICALLY the BEST POLICIES! Outcomes of our healthcare vs universal systems are OBVIOUSLY against us. Inequality is soaring domestically while plummeting abroad because we give trillions to private industry instead of education and infrastructure! Your priorities of warfare, corporatism, and imperialism are UNSUSTAINABLE! Notice how many ‘empires’ are around still? NONE! Just because we call ourselves one thing (USA, democratically representative constitutional republic) doesn’t mean reality changes. We are an imperialist nation that sacks international law in favor of the tiniest gains for corporations by seizing resources and toppling any contentious actors. By enabling this trajectory you are damning America to the fate of all empires, the dustbin of history. I don’t want to assume you’re lacking the intellectual capacity to see these trends but absence of ignorance makes you a traitor to all Americans.
Our government, with the republicans of the 115th congress complicit with djt, seems to be on life support. Here’s hoping the 116th Congress will fulfill its check and balance constitutional obligation.
Congress has been violating The Constitution every year for over a decade. The Constitution requires an annual budget. I wonder can the Judicial Branch of our Govt. triad force them ? Can The Executive Branch force them too ? Otherwise, they have all failed the American People.
Both sides need to stop using the budget as a legislative weapon and move on. This is long past getting old. This is ridiculous. If the budget fight only serves to be a bargaining chip for an agenda then something must be done to make that not an option. Too bad our congress is forever acting like spoiled children. It’s a sad state of affairs.
Shut it down, pass a balanced budget amendment, stop funding planned parenthood, privatize Amtrak, US Postal Service. Our govt is way too big and neither side is showing they can make the hard calls. John McCain screwed over the only fiscal restraint by voting no on repealing Obamacare which is another nail in our fiscal coffin.
Please DO NOT vote to pass this $1.3 trillion spending bill! You were in part elected to CONTROL government spending and REDUCE our deficit. It has to stop NOW! The voters have made it clear, get your act together, shrink government, eliminate wasteful spending, or we will find representatives who can!
If the Democrats won’t compromise and work with the Republicans or vice versa, shut the government down and penalize those who will not make an effort to work together. Start making cuts to some useless programs and no more funding to Planned Parenthood.
If were not already the laughing stock of the world we are most definitely of our own nation. We have our heads wrapped so tightly around an individual agenda that it's hard to see the bigger picture. What needs to be done? Why can we not just look at the bigger picture? Nothing, nothing is ever going to change if Congress is just looking out for number one. Weather they like it or not they need to come together and find a solution that is in the best interest of this great nation. All the division we are experiencing is bringing nothing but chaos and its not only shutting down our government but it's holding the rest of the other pressing issue that need to be addressed. 45 needs to let some of that prideful hot air out and come to an agreement on DACA. As for the future we need to see how this year is able to be worked out.
Limit spending, decrease taxes massively, no funding for planned parenthood, defund the social programs(or phase them out), and eliminate pork barrel spending.
Their pay should be withheld without a balanced budget unless in time of war.
Omnibus Bill, what a perfect example of congress lack of effectiveness. The fact that this has been going on for so long is a testament to why Americans think it’s the way budgets are supposed to be done.
Wel, if they close the government down then everyone/all workers should get paid—EXCEPT the people responsible for the shut down! And they shouldn’t get paid until they come to an agreement & re-instate the government!