The Government Won’t Shut Down .. THIS Week
Matt | On 02, Mar 2011
There’s a small sigh of relief coming out of Washington, D.C. this week.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a temporary spending measure on Tuesday to fund the federal government from March 4-18. Without that legislation in place, the government would have faced a federal shut-down by the end of this week. It was passed by a vote of 335-91.
Here’s the deal. It’s the time of the year when Congress votes on the “continuing resolution” (or CR for short) that keeps money flowing throughout the federal government. This includes agencies, offices, U.S. Capitol, federal buildings, and all of that stuff. Well, Republicans are cracking down hard on “out of control government spending” and are looking to slash anything they can.
The budget has become a victim to partisan politics. If Democrats and Republicans cannot come to terms on the next CR by March 18, then the federal government will be shut down until further notice. This happened before in late 1995 and didn’t play well in Republicans’ favor.
It’s time for lawmakers to roll up their sleeves and get something done that’s going to cut the budget AND help people. It can’t be one or the other.