Washington (CNN) – Spurred by a hastily arranged evening meeting between President Barack Obama and the top two congressional leaders, negotiators worked into Thursday to try to resolve remaining differences in a possible budget deal that would avert a government shutdown.
If there is no deal by midnight Friday, when the current spending authorization measure expires, parts of the government will close down.
Seriously? Governemnt shutdown? Why is this allowed to happen? My understanding is that many goverment services would be interrupted (not the VA – where I work – thank God!), with 800,000 people directly affected. Many people would lose their income – including MILITARY!? – but NOT the President of Congress?!?!? How is this right?? The blustering politicians do not go on unpaid, but our troops are REQUIRED to coninue risking their lives – WITHOUT PAY?!?! Come on!! I recommend eiither the politicians pass a budget – and maybe a raise for the military – or they exchange places with them!! This is absolutely deplorable!! Get with it or get out!
Democrats did not pass a budget for 2011 because the GOPT had threatened to filibuster. The GOPT felt that they could stall a vote on the budget until after the election, based upon the assumption they, the GOPT, would take control of the House and Senate. Controlling the House was most important because that is where the budgets are first created and voted on.
As a result of a threat of GOPT filibuster, no budget was passed or even voted in 2010 by a Democratic Congress. The GOPT claimed at the time that no vote should be taken on a budget by people not elected to perform the will of the people.
So, consider what this means. The 2008-2009 budget was voted on and approved by Bush prior to election day 2008. A budget that included TARP, which pushed the deficit well over a trillion dollars. The 2009-2010 budget included most of the spending from the Economic Stimulus Bill. This was Obama's budget, through and through. The 2010-2011 budget was filibustered in 2010, and is now a budget proudly designed by the GOP.
work for the people ...not your party... we will be ok...
Thank the lord that the Republicans who went along with Bush on every dime that he wasted while in the White House, won't miss a paycheck, like everybody else.