It looks like the United States might be heading for another government shutdown if the Republicans can’t get their way and defund Planned Parenthood. However, the Democrats are doing their best to make sure that it stings the GOP, calling for around the clock sessions and proposing a bill to prevent it from happening again.
An ounce of prevention . . .
Illinois Representative Cheri Bustos is trying to prevent the government from closing shop. To do so, she wants the House of Representatives to remain in session around the clock — including weekends — until a spending bill gets passed.
In a speech on the House floor Friday, Bustos said:
The American people can’t afford another self-inflicted Washington wound on our economy. The stakes are just too high to take even a day off.
To this end, Bustos and 79 other Democrats have addressed a letter to Speaker John Boehner asking him to keep the House running continuously until Congress comes up with something.
If a funding stopgap isn’t signed by October 1, Congress will effectively have shutdown the government. Again.
The Republicans are attempting to use the deadline as leverage to defund Planned Parenthood, but their measure doesn’t have the support in the Senate and President Obama has said he’ll veto any bill that does.
If the House isn’t kept running continuously, and Boehner fails America (again), there will only be five remaining scheduled legislative days before the October 1 deadline — although there will only be four days to work, since September 24 will be dominated by Pope Francis’ address to Congress.
This move will ensure Congress has more than four days to keep our country from shutting down because a handful of extremist Teahadists in the Kamikaze Caucus want to blow up our country (again).
If it’s not successful, there isn’t much anyone can do. However, the Democrats have future shutdowns in mind, and are working to prevent those as well.
. . . Prevents a pound of pay cuts
On Friday, Minnesota Representative Rick Nolan introduced legislation that would bar future members of congress from getting paid during a government shutdown.
It does not apply to this Congress because the 27th Amendment prevents sitting lawmakers from altering their salaries.
Of the bill, Nolan said:
If hundreds of thousands of other federal employees are to go without their salaries — twisting slowly in the wind in a government shutdown — then the Congress should not be paid either.
This legislation would require the Congress to work full-time — with no salary — during any government shutdown until they pass a bill to fund our government and pay the public employees who go to work on our behalf every day.”
I’d hazard a guess that the GOP doesn’t care about any of this. Right now, they’re under the sway of ideologically motivated terrorists who want to force their vision of society on the rest of us — or destroy the country trying.
It’s nice to see the Democrats at least attempting to do something.