Published December 15, 2010
Reuters – A government shutdown looms as Congress risks missing a key deadline this weekend over the battle in the Senate on a massive 2,000-page catchall spending bill that Republicans have vowed to oppose unless they can strip it of earmarks.
A government shutdown looms as Congress risks missing a key deadline this weekend over the battle in the Senate on a massive 2,000-page catchall spending bill that Republicans have vowed to oppose unless they can strip it of earmarks.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected Thursday to take up the $1.27 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30.
But Republicans have threatened to stall debate by forcing the 1,924-page bill to be read aloud in the Senate — a move that would take 35 to 40 hours and push the debate into Saturday, according to numerous aides.
A temporary stopgap measure currently funding the government is set to expire midnight on Saturday. But a number of procedural steps would prevent the Senate from getting to a final vote until late Monday or early Tuesday.
“It’s not our fault,” a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide said about a potential government shutdown. The aide argues that Republicans are insisting on obstructing this bill.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, second from left, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill Dec. 7. (AP Photo)
December 15, 2010 | Categories: 2012 Election, Agency Regulation, America's Freedoms, Congress, Congress: Inquiries & Committees, Constitution, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Corruption in Government, Deficit, Economic Security, Education, Elections Politics, Government, Healthcare, House of Representatives, Jobs, Learn from History, Media Corruption, Most Americans Reject Socialism, National Debt, National Security, New Media News, Political Incompetence, Politics, Progressives pushing for Marxism/Socialism, Radical Liberal Progressive Left, Redistribution of Wealth, Senate, TEA Taxed Enough Already, Unemployment, UNION Corruption | Tags: back and forth, blame game, Culture of Corruption, Dems want pork, GOP wants cuts, gridlock, lame duck congress, Most Americans Reject Socialism, politics, Republicans & Democrats, small government, stubborn lawmakers | 1 Comment »
The House plans to vote today on a stand-alone bill to repeal the military’s ban on homosexuals. A former member of the House, now a U.S. senator, admits he’s worried House Democrats may be successful this time around.
The repeal has twice been included in a Defense Authorization Bill that Senate Republicans managed to keep from coming up for a floor vote. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) vows there will be a vote today (Wednesday) on a new bill to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), who served in the House for almost 13 years, says he is “very much opposed” to the concept of homosexuals serving openly in the military. But he says House Democrats figure they have a much better chance of getting a bill passed now with Pelosi in the speaker’s chair than they will next year with Republican John Boehner.
“This may actually work for them. I have to be frank with you, it worries me,” says Wicker, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “And as opposed as I am to repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ it seems that they may be able to push it through with a big vote led by Nancy Pelosi in the House and two or three Republicans joining most Democrats in the Senate.”
December 15, 2010 | Categories: 2012 Election, America's Freedoms, Armed Forces, Classified Intelligence, Cloward and Piven Strategy, Congress, Congress: Inquiries & Committees, Constitution, Constitutional Rights, Corruption in Government, Elections Politics, Excessive Government Spending, Government, Government Regulations, House of Representatives, Individual Rights and Freedoms, Intelligence, International Politics, Most Americans Reject Socialism, National Security, New Media News, Politics, Progressives pushing for Marxism/Socialism, Radical Liberal Progressive Left, Senate, Terrorism, The Economy, Undermining Constitution, War on Terror | Tags: DADT, emergency?, gay agenda, gay soldiers, lifting the ban, military, politics, repealing, Senator Roger Ricker, social agenda | Leave A Comment »