Federal Government Endures First Partial Shutdown in 17 Years
Matt | On 01, Oct 2013
What can I say? Every bad thing you ever thought about politics or politicians has manifested itself in the latest news out of Washington, D.C.
In case you missed it, the federal government careened into a partial shutdown as of midnight Eastern time on Tuesday morning. The House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, refused to pass a temporary budget measure (called the continuing resolution, or CR) to fund the government until December unless it delayed the start of Obamacare for another year.
Democrats, who are in the majority in the Senate, weren’t having it and voted against the House’s version of the CR that didn’t keep Obamacare in place. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) sent the measure back to the House so they could try again.
It was a game of legislative ping-pong that ended with the American people being hanged. Yes, I am being dramatic because this pisses me off. It’s soooooo unnecessary! Obamacare started today (October 1) and is here to stay. It was passed in Congress, signed into law, and has already been working for the good of the American people.
Anyway, I have been getting some questions about exactly what this shutdown means for the average American. Here are some helpful links you need to check out to get a sense of what is going on:
- A thorough list of what is open, closed, or partially closed
- An infographic showing how much of the federal government is shuttered
- A list, by department, of how the shutdown affect workers and average American citizens
Who knows what is next or how long this government shutdown could last? The House and Senate have convened a special conference committee to work together on some solutions to this problem. But, in the near future, I don’t see Republicans just giving up the tiny bit of leverage (read: pride) they have in trying to make President Obama look bad.
Of course, we will keep you updated as things change (hopefully for the better) in Washington, D.C. and our lawmakers grow the $%&^ up!!
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