Current Event Cat of the Day: Actual Government Shutdown

Current EVent Cat - Government Shutdown

Well, now they’ve done it. For the first time in 17 years, the US government shutdown, going from doing basically nothing to doing literally nothing.

The shutdown happened Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. when, after a lot of back and forth, Congress failed to pass a temporary spending bill to continue funding government services.

The Office of Management and Budget began preparations for the shutdown and issued orders shortly before the midnight deadline that “agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations” because the two houses of Congress failed to agree on a new budget. More than 800,000 federal employees now face unpaid leave with no guarantee that they will receive back pay once the shutdown is over. But on the bright side, at least Congress won’t be paid either! Oh wait…. yes they will. Apparently they are considered an “essential function of the government.” Oh the irony…

The economy will also feel a hit from the shutdown. The dollar fell on Tuesday and it is estimated that a three-week shutdown could shave as much as 0.9% from US GDP this quarter. In addition, national parks, museums, federal buildings and government services have been shut down indefinitely. Basically it’s a bad week to be a tourist in the US. Or a space nerd – because NASA is gone too.

Despite not being able to break their bitter budget standoff, Republicans and Democrats do agree on one thing: it’s 100% the other’s fault.

Even though the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare, aka the downfall of the American way of life for reasons no one can clearly explain) was passed fair and square four years ago, was upheld by the Supreme Court and was part of Obama’s reelection platform, Republicans still think the whole thing is unfair and are appalled that the Democrats are unwilling to negotiate with them. I mean, they’re willing to negotiate with IRAN and not Republicans? Actually, I guess that says something about Republicans…

House Speaker John A. Boehner spoke with Obama as the midnight deadline approached and it did not go well. Boehner summed up Obama’s remarks as: “I’m not going to negotiate. I’m not going to negotiate.”

And what do the Democrats think?

They’ve lost their minds,” Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader,  said, before throwing out another House bill that removed Obamacare. “They keep trying to do the same thing over and over again.”

President Obama was equally frustrated. Shortly after midnight, Obama tweeted: “They actually did it. A group of Republicans in the House just forced a government shutdown over Obamacare instead of passing a real budget.”

But I think Representative Devin Nunes sums it up best: “It’s moronic to shut down the government over this.” And he’s a Republican. 

Via: The New York Times

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