(CNN) – The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) will begin calling more of its furloughed employees back into the office this week despite the ongoing partial government shutdown.
70% of the intelligence community has been furloughed as a result of the shutdown, leaving the leaders of all intelligence agencies scrambling to carry out their core missions.
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The House has been passing small appropriations bills since the Tea Party's shutdown began. What is not being said about them is this, these are the first appropriations measures that they have passed this entire year. The House had not produced one appropriations bill for a Senate vote prior to the shutdown.
This marks the first time in U.S. history that a government shutdown came to pass without a single appropriations bill having been passed by the House. I'm not talking about getting one signed into law. I'm talking about the fact the Tea Party had not even voted on a single appropriations bill, much less passed one, prior to the shutdown. Why? Because the government shutdown was the goal of a plan that was months in the making.
Senate Democrats are correct to reject these piece meal appropriations bills during the crisis. All year long, the Tea Party House failed to nominate people to sit down at the table for a budget conference. This past spring, the Senate finally passes a budget, which the right wing has complained about for years. The next order of business was to pass motion to nominate and send people to a budget conference with the House. The motion was met with a filibuster by none other than Ted Cruz.