With a midnight deadline approaching to avoid another government shutdown, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget is preparing for a “lapse in appropriations.” In others words, Congress cannot come up with enough votes to pass the bipartisan spending bill, which means another shutdown may be in play.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is holding up a vote on a two-year budget deal that would avoid a government shutdown in hopes of getting a vote on maintaining spending caps. As evening pushed into night, Paul made the following statement on the Senate floor:
“I can’t in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits .”
The Kentucky Senator then further demonstrated the works of his amendment by moving into a lengthy floor speech deriding bipartisan complicity on deficit spending. Paul predicted a “day of reckoning,” possibly in the form of the collapse of the stock market.
Earlier in the day, Speaker Paul Ryan said he believes the House will have the votes to pass the massive bipartisan budget. Opposition quickly mounted to the plan in the House on both sides of the aisle.
“I think we will get this done. I feel good about it,” Ryan said in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt.
It appears that Congress is killing time at this point. This whole back and forth notion they have going in is absolutely redundant. Government funding will lapse for the second time in less than a month if Congress cannot pass a funding bill. Many American’s livelihoods are at stake here as thousands of workers would not be able to attend to their jobs on Friday if a government shutdown occurs. Other Americans would have to work without getting paid. And some government agencies will run out of money and have to furlough workers if Congress lets funding lapse.
This is not what we signed up for. It’s pretty obvious that Republicans don’t truly care about the deficit, but one way or another, members of Congress need to cut the bullshit games and form some type of an agreement for the sake of the American people.
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