Talk is now of government shutdown. That sounds terrible; but it’s not what will happen. Citizens who care, need to understand the process.
The House of Representatives is tasked to propose spending bills. It usually originates the federal budget bill every year. In 2009 and 2010, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and passed whatever they wanted, including TARP, the many bailouts and the Affordable Care Act. For the first time in U.S. history, deficits climbed to more than a trillion dollars.
Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2011 and submitted balanced budgets since then. Every one was rebuffed by the Democrat-controlled Senate, resulting in a series of continuing resolutions – essentially funding the government at the previous year’s level. The result is trillion-dollar deficits every year up to now.
The Republican House has again sent a rational budget to the Senate, with a section that specifically excludes money to continue Obamacare. Sen. Harry Reid said he would strip the sections eliminating funding for Obamacare and send it back to the House. That happened Friday. If Republicans insist on not funding Obamacare – most of the country now agrees it’s a disaster – we are back to another continuing resolution. But if Republicans also refuse to go along with another CR, the debt ceiling becomes the money-stop.
So it’s not a budget stalemate, per se, that might cause some federal agencies to be without funds; it will be a failure to raise the debt ceiling again. I hope Republicans refuse to fund Obamacare and to raise the debt ceiling any more. That will force the president to cut spending to remain within the current debt limit.
Obama will no doubt try to make cuts as painful as possible, just as he did with the sequester. I hope that you and the rest of the media tell it like it is.
Nothing will change until liberals no longer control the Congress, and a conservative sits in the White House.