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‘Stopgap’ Needed To Keep Govt Open

From a panicked Associated Press:

Congress must pass stopgap to keep government open

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – With a $410 billion catchall spending bill stalled in the Senate and a midnight deadline looming, Congress began rushing through stopgap legislation Friday to keep the government running for another five days.

On Thursday night, Republicans in the Senate unexpectedly put the brakes on the sweeping measure that would finance most government agencies and also includes some big spending increases and lawmakers’ pet projects.

With most Republicans denouncing the bill as too costly and a handful of Democrats opposing it as well, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called off a key procedural vote — just one vote short of the 60 needed to send the measure to the White House.

Several Republicans who support the bill withheld their support of the procedural vote in order to force Reid to allow other Republicans to offer amendments, including ones to extend a local school voucher program in Washington, D.C., and to require lawmakers to approve their pay hikes instead of getting an automatic cost-of-living raise every year.

With the vote postponed until at least Monday, both the House and Senate need to pass a stopgap spending measure by midnight Friday to prevent a shutdown of most domestic agencies. Midnight is when a temporary law that keeps the government in business, mostly at 2008 spending levels, expires. The House began debating the temporary measure Friday morning, to be followed by the Senate.

If the larger spending bill ends up being amended by the Senate, the House would again have to act on that bill, giving Republicans further chances to launch political attacks.

In fact, Reid says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has threatened to pull the plug on the measure altogether if it is amended by the Senate. The government would instead run on automatic pilot under legislation keeping agencies operating at current levels. That would deny senators and House members all of their pet projects.

"She said ‘We have put our members through a lot over here on this appropriations bill. I am not going to put them through any more,’" Reid recalled on Wednesday

Maybe we should let the government shut down.

What exactly would be the harm? Think of all of the money that would be saved.

Heck, it might even save what is left of our capitalist system.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “‘Stopgap’ Needed To Keep Govt Open”

  1. catie says:

    Please, Please, Please-shut her down.

  2. heykev says:

    I cannot think of anything better than shutting it down. Our economy would recover in no time if it did.

  3. bousquem says:

    Wow, San Fran Nancy is willing to kill a bill if Republicans want to actually say something about the bill and decide to add some worth while project and cut some pork. Talk about really caring about the country, but all the democrats seem to care about is cramming as much pork projects and regulations down the country’s throat in this time of “crisis” the democrats had a huge hand in causing.

  4. Right of the People says:

    I seem to remember Slick Willie shutting down the government back in ’94 I believe it was and it didn’t do any harm. In fact it probably helped, especially with the mid-terms. Have at Obammy, if the feds are shut down, they can’t waste any more of our bucks.


  5. proreason says:

    just wait until the “revenue” begins to come in from tax filing season. (I kid, of course, “revenue” is government speak for the taxes they confiscate from you…they like to think their hard work of governing, snicker snicker, earned the money).

    The tax refunds for 2008 will be massive…….a. capital losses….b. lower brackets for people who were laid off but paid expected brackets early in 2008……c. “Geithner-adjusted” deductions/oopsies……d. mysteriously large amounts of “revenue” fleeing somewhere else (offshore, perhaps??)

    and oh yes, expect a major increase in tax audits on guess who………people making between 50 and 400K annually. (Mustn’t touch the liberal truely wealthy of course).

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      So PR .. whatta ya think .. will the “Geithner Defense” be an adequate one for all us taxpayers to use during any, and all, levels of IRS review, audit,and/or court proceedings??? Or does one have to be appointed for something first??? :)

    • proreason says:

      Anybody that mentions the name Geithner during an audit will spend years in jail just for saying it. It will be taken as proof positive that you cheated.

      If you cut yourself some slack in your taxes, you better have a plausible reason other than that the Treasury Secretary is a crook and should be rotting in jail.

      His side won, you know.

      and that isn’t a joke…………this is what our country has become

  6. U NO HOO says:

    Just say NO!

  7. Steve says:

    Alas, this crisis has been averted:

    Congress OKs stopgap bill to keep government open

    By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON – With a $410 billion catchall spending bill stalled in the Senate and a midnight deadline looming, Congress rushed through stopgap legislation Friday to keep the government running for another five days.

    The House passed the bill by a 328-50 vote; the Senate acted by unanimous voice vote. President Barack Obama will sign the measure later Frid


  8. pdsand says:

    Would that the RINOs had withheld their votes on philosophical grounds, i.e. that it’s just too much money for worthless crap. But at least they stood a little ground at long last.

  9. proreason says:

    proreason’s “stopgap”. disband these departments completely…

    Department of Agriculture
    Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack

    Department of Commerce
    Secretary-designate: Gary F. Locke

    Department of Labor
    Secretary Hilda L. Solis

    Department of Health and Human Services

    Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Secretary Shaun L.S. Donovan

    Department of Education
    Secretary Arne Duncan

    Reduce these to about 10 people each:

    Department of Transportation
    Secretary Raymond L. LaHood

    Department of Energy
    Secretary Steven Chu

    • GuppyNblue says:

      Good idea. And then they can have a big yard sale.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Hatchet or scalpel on these PR??? Some or all???

      The following entities exist within the Executive Office of the President:

      Council of Economic Advisers
      Council on Environmental Quality
      Domestic Policy Council
      National Economic Council
      National Security Council
      Office of Administration
      Office of Management and Budget
      Office of National AIDS Policy
      Office of National Drug Control Policy
      Office of Science and Technology Policy
      Office of the United States Trade Representative
      President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board
      Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
      White House Military Office
      White House Office

      In addition, the following entities exist within the White House Office:

      Appointments and Scheduling
      Office of Cabinet Affairs
      Chief of Staff’s Office
      Office of Communications
      Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy
      Office of the First Lady
      Homeland Security Council
      Office of Legislative Affairs
      Office of Management and Administration
      Oval Office Operations
      Office of Political Affairs
      Office of Presidential Personnel
      Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs
      Office of the Press Secretary
      Office of Social Innovation
      Office of the Staff Secretary
      Office of Urban Affairs Policy
      Office of the White House Counsel
      White House Fellows

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      I’m a little worried about the “White House Fellows” in an o-blah-blah administration. Just sayin’ y’all ….

    • proreason says:


      I would keep the White House military office, but it should have somebody in it who can keep The Moron from humiliating himself with the military.

      All of the rest of the positiions you named look like welfare to me. Axe em.

      BTW, how many of those positions did George Washington have? Lincoln?

      It’s mind-boggling, no?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Can the entire Drug Enforcement Agency.
      Think of the Billions scalped in this do nothing, going nowhere war that never ends against drugs. (CIA uses the $$ to do Ops that have nothing to do with drugs)

  10. TickTock says:

    I hope Obama fails!

    This drooling idiot communist knows the government is out of money. We’re all running out of money, just the way he and his evil, tax-dodging, lying, corrupted toadies want it. It’s the only way to bring down the USA. From within. Then the sheeple will turn en masse to the government for every scrap and crumb they’re allowed to have.

    We need a good old-fashioned purge from top to bottom, including (and especially) the dept of un-education and the unions.

    Obama is commiting the foulest of treasons.

  11. brad says:

    Oh no?! Our oppressive, money-hungry government might (gulp!) shut down? Woo-Hoo!

    But, don’t pop the corks yet….the government only exists to support itself. If there is only $100 left in the country, rest assured it will be spent on pizza for politicians. And the crumbs will be given to their assistants.

    It exists to keep itself existing. There will never be a shut down as long as the slaves keep producing.

  12. BillK says:

    I hope the Senate amends it; I’d really like to see if Pelosi would actually go through allowing the budget to remain at current levels.

  13. VMAN says:

    A handful of Democrats and the Republicans stopped this huge pork laden budget? That’s what I like to see bipartisanship. Come on fearless leader join with us to praise this bipartisan effort. It’s a new day of hope and change.

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