Congress tries to beat new shutdown deadline
March 18th, 2013
08:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Congress tries to beat new shutdown deadline

Washington (CNN) – Members of Congress will try this week to lock in a spending plan while softening the blow of sweeping, forced cuts - a goal that must be reached in coming days to avoid a partial government shutdown.

The measure, called a continuing resolution, authorizes government funding for the remaining six months of the fiscal year. Current spending authorization expires March 27.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    It's all on the gop, we need more revenue. Close the loop holes for the 30 largest companies that the gop is giving a free ride to ,ge ,oil companies if you want to keep your jobs!!!!!

    March 18, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    Ok, GOP now is the correct time to yammer on endlessly about balanced budgets.

    Now is the time to blather on about how Lyin' Ryan's budget is the end all and cure all for all that ails America. Shut down the government out of spite, since it is what you have been wanting since 2008. Stop the recovery in it's tracks, due to the need for "austerity".

    This is the place and time for you to bring the country to it's knees, and we will deserve it, after all, some of us voted for you and so, show us that elections have consequences.

    At least only we will suffer, and not the entire planet will be hurt due to our defaulting on our debt.

    Have the fight you have been spoiling for, now is the time.

    Did I mention those "skewed" polls out here in reality show that only 11% agree the deficit is our #1 priority?

    March 18, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Larry L

    If the government is forced to shut-down I will actively join a local organization here in Texas for the sole purpose of hammering the Republicans causing this debacle – starting with my Representative Lamar Smith and working up the food chain. It's time the lap-dogs for the rich got tossed out and 2014 & 2016 will be blood-lettings for the out-of-touch GOP.

    March 18, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Ben R

    How will we be able to tell if the government has shut down?

    March 18, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    These tools won't be able to do it.

    March 18, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. freedom

    Shut – it – down.

    March 18, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    I say call the Republicans bluff sort everything out with this Senate plan for now and then go back to continuing resolutions to the end of this calendar year, then say ok to the Ryan 2 budget for 2014/2015 provided all loopholes and breaks included are in and caps on the total amount of deductions for income tax and higher effective rates on interest income and capital gains. Half of the latter income tax gains go to Infrastructure spending, alternative energy solutions and education. Or better still healthcare and dood frank funding. The other half goes to reducing the corporate tax rate to whatever affordable. Or in March 2014 just send the house bill approved by the Senate to the House where they need a 2/3rds majority to pass such horendous austerity. That for sure loses them House and Senate and then Obama can pass the real legislation and repeal the damaging austerity, and put in a real solutom and budget that works to grow the economy.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    March 19, 2013 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  8. Name

    Nothing like uncertainty to heat up the economy. Good job GOP.

    March 19, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |