GOP Planning Partial Government Shutdown Over Obamacare
Matt | On 24, Sep 2013
The GOP is only really good at one thing these days. And it’s obstructionism.
If you haven’t heard by now, another potential government shutdown may be headed to a federal government near you. In short, Congress needs to approve another continuing resolution (or CR, for short) to fund many of the non-critical activities of the government. This includes payroll for government employees, debt payments from the Treasury, and operational budgets for major departments, among other items.
The House voted 230-189 last week with a GOP majority to fund the government, but without any funds for Obamacare. The measure was almost certain to fail in the Senate from the start and clearly doesn’t have any support from President Obama.
Republicans believe that it will be wise to high-jack the process of approving the CR by attaching it to a forced defunding of Obamacare. Yes, you read correctly. The GOP will pass a CR to keep the government running only if all funding for Obamacare is removed. Well, that’s not going to happen because Obamacare is only days away from full implementation for consumers on October 1.
The current continuing resolution expires at the end of the day on September 30. If no CR is approved, the federal government will go into a forced partial shutdown. Republicans will then be in a serious bind as Democrats and the Obama Administration take to the media to inform a pissed-off general public of why their federal government is not operational.
It’s really a sad set of events that Republicans could avoid if they would just face reality. The underhanded tactics to get rid of Obamacare won’t work. It’s here and not going anywhere!
Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post (via Real Clear Politics) said it best why Republicans are so pressed for Obamacare not to work — because they are scared the people will love it.