Obama Signs Bill to End Idiotic Government Shutdown and Raise Debt Ceiling
Matt | On 17, Oct 2013
President Obama, the American people, and the rest of the free world breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday night. Congress finally got its act together and passed a bill that keeps the government running for a whopping three months. We also get to live in bliss of no possible default on our nation’s debts for four whole months.
This means that as of Thursday, October 17, the federal government is back open for business. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised, allowing it to avoid default and pay for the bills it has already accumulated.
The bill passed the Senate early Thursday evening by a 81-18 margin. It immediately went over to the House for approval. After some hee-hawing over seemingly nothing, the House brought up a vote on the bill shortly after 10:00 p.m. ET. Minutes later the tally came in with a 285-144 vote count in favor of ending the standoff. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) needed 216 votes in order for the bill to advance. It then moved to the president’s desk for his signature before the midnight deadline that would have risked a much-feared default.
Here are a few rough terms of the deal, as noted by ABC News:
- The government funding will last through January 15, 2014.
- The debt ceiling limit lasts until February 7, 2014.
- The House and Senate will appoint a committee to negotiate the budget by December 13. (This baffles me because they were supposed to meet about this back in March before there ever was a crisis. The budget negotiation is .. umm .. THEIR JOB!)
- The Republicans got the guarantee of income verification for those receiving Obamacare subsidies next year. (The clause, however, was already in the Obamacare law … lol).
- The Treasury can still continue to use “extraordinary measures” to avoid default, which they have been doing since the spring in this case.
- The belt-tightening of the sequester remains in place. It is scheduled to get worse next year, as more cuts will be made.
As with anything in Washington, there are a few notable WTF items I must address with this bit of “good” news.
- Why are we “celebrating” an end to a standoff that could happen again in 3-4 months? a, At the same time, I don’t think it will repeat itself because we will be a bit closer to the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans will try to salvage their reputations that have taken a beating in the polls over the self-imposed shutdown.
- A clear majority (62 percent) of the House Republicans voted AGAINST opening the government and raising the debt ceiling. So much for “loving your country….”
- Tea Party Republicans in the House are actually happy with the performance of Speaker John Boehner. Is failing the new black now?
- You will still find Republicans unwilling to admit there was no chance in hell of getting President Obama or the Democrats to back down on Obamacare. Delusion is a powerful drug some of the GOPers are hooked on.
At least for now the madness is over. Now I can stop checking my social media accounts like crazy to see if we have a “deal.” This has been a tiring and aggravating process and I don’t even live in Washington, D.C. This was not just an exercise, but a full-on military boot camp drill in FUTILITY! Please tell this Congress that wasting our time is simply unacceptable.